Overheated Exhaust Fan Sparks Tyson’s Corner Fire

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On Wednesday, May 31, at approximately 5:17 p.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and Arlington County Fire Department were dispatched for a reported building fire in the 1900 block of Chain Bridge Road in the Tyson’s Corner section of Fairfax County. 

First arriving units reported smoke showing from the roof of the building. Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire, which was held in check by two fire sprinkler heads, located in the storage room.

The mall was open and occupied by employees and patrons at the time of the fire. The fire was discovered by an employee who smelled an odor of burning plastic from the storage room of the kiosk. The fire was discovered prior to the activation of smoke alarms and the fire sprinkler system. 

Fire Investigators determined that the fire started in a storage room. The fire was determined to be accidental in nature and caused by an overheated exhaust fan motor which ignited paper towel rolls stored on a wall mounted shelving unit below the fan.

There were no reported firefighter or civilian injuries. No Red Cross services were required. Damages as a result of the fire were estimated to be approximately $30,000.