Two Alarm Fire At Merrifield Recycling Facility

Two Alarm Fire At Merrifield Recycling FacilityOn Sunday, February 26, at approximately 1:01 a.m., units from Fire Station 30, Merrifield, responded for a report of a fire alarm sounding in a commercial building in the 2800 block of Dorr Avenue in the Merrifield section of Fairfax County.

Units arrived to find smoke and water coming from a two-story building, an indoor recycling facility. A second alarm was requested. Units from the City of Fairfax Fire Department and the Arlington County Fire Department responded along with additional Fairfax County units.

With the assistance of the fire sprinkler system and the use of firefighting foam, firefighters were able to keep the fire damage limited to the recyclable materials. The building is used by Waste Management as a transfer station.

There were no reported civilian or firefighter injuries. Red Cross assistance was not required for this fire.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and originated in one of the recyclable material piles. The cause of the fire was an exothermic reaction in one of the recyclable material piles that ignited ordinary combustible materials.

Damages as a result of the fire were estimated at approximately $1,000.

Juvenile Playing With Matches Causes Annandale House Fire

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On Sunday, February 26, at approximately 9:45 a.m., units responded for a report of a house fire in the 7700 block of Rowan Court in the Annandale section of Fairfax County.

Upon arrival, units observed fire showing from a bedroom window in a one story, single family home. Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire. There were no reported civilian or firefighter injuries.

Occupants of the home were alerted to the fire by their six year-old son and safely evacuated the home. The smoke alarms did not activate. Red Cross assistance was offered and accepted. There were a total of five people displaced as a result of the fire.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire originated from a mattress in the six year-old’s bedroom. The fire is accidental in nature and was caused by a juvenile playing with matches.

Damages as a result of the fire were estimated at approximately $250,000.

Do you have, or know, a child who experiments with fire? The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department hosts an educational intervention program for juvenile fire setters administered by nationally certified personnel.

Referrals are received from court officials, school counselors, law enforcement officials, mental health practitioners, fire investigators, firefighters, parents/guardians, and adult relatives.

For more information or to schedule a program please call (703) 246-3801.

Building Fire Goes To Two Alarms

On Friday, February 17, at approximately 6:49 p.m., units responded for a report of a commercial building fire in the 5600 block of General Washington Drive in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County.

Firefighters from Fire Station 22, Springfield, arrived first on scene and observed smoke showing from the roof of a single-story, shopping center. A second alarm was quickly called for bringing additional crews from Fairfax County, the City of Alexandria Fire Department, and the Arlington County Fire Department.

Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the store of origin and eventually extinguish the fire. A total of approximately 60 firefighters responded to the fire.

A person driving by the shopping center noticed smoke coming from the roof and called 911. The building had smoke alarms that activated, however, it was unoccupied at the time of the fire.

Fire Investigators determined the fire was accidental and originated within an office in the rear of the building. The investigation determined the cause of the fire was electrical in nature.

There were no reported firefighter or civilian injuries. Red Cross assistance was not required.

Damages as a result of the fire were estimated at approximately $135,000.

Photos courtesy of Ms. Debi Gerald

Tractor Trailer Fire

At approximately 5:43 a.m. this morning, February 23, units were dispatched for a report of a tractor trailer on fire near the intersection of Gallows Road and Lee Highway. The tractor trailer was involved in a crash with an SUV.

In the video below, taken from the passenger seat of the C-Shift Operations Deputy Chief vehicle, it shows just how big the fire grew. Fortunately, the driver of the tractor trailer and driver of the SUV are okay and were transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

West Springfield Townhouse Fire Displaces Five

On Tuesday, February 21, at approximately 9:22 a.m., units responded to a report of a townhouse fire in the 8700 block of Ridge Hollow Court in the West Springfield section of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on scene and reported smoke showing from the roof of a two-story, middle unit townhouse. All occupants had safely evacuated prior to fire department arrival. Firefighters quickly extinguished a fire on the rear, exterior wall of the home.

The occupant was alerted to the fire after hearing a loud explosion type of sound and then seeing fire out the window. Red Cross services were requested, and accepted, to assist with a family of five who were displaced as a result of the fire. There was no report of civilian or firefighter injuries.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire originated on the exterior of the house near the air conditioning unit. The fire is under investigation. Smoke alarms did not activate as the fire was on the exterior of the structure.

Damages as a result of the fire are estimated to be approximately $55,000.

Child Dies In Lorton House Fire

UPDATE: (2/22/17 at 3:10 p.m.) The victim of last night’s fire has been identified as Stellan Lotuno.

On Tuesday, February 21, at approximately 5:08 p.m., the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department responded for reports of a brush fire in the 8100 block of Arcade Street in the Lorton section of Fairfax County. While units were en route, the incident was upgraded to a house fire based on incoming 911 calls.

Upon arrival, units observed fire and smoke showing from the garage of a single family home. Two adults had evacuated the property and advised firefighters that a four year-old child was in the garage. Firefighters initiated an aggressive attack inside the garage in an attempt to rescue the child. The fire was quickly extinguished. The child was located in the garage. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Prior to the arrival of fire and rescue units, three neighbors, a retired Fairfax County Battalion Chief, an off-duty Fairfax County Battalion Chief and an off-duty Fairfax County Fire Lieutenant, attempted to extinguish the fire and rescue the child. Both were transported to the hospital for smoke inhalation. The two adult occupants were also taken to a local hospital for smoke inhalation. Two dogs were rescued. Two additional dogs and three birds perished. There were no on duty firefighter injuries.

The fire was discovered by an occupant of the house. There were smoke alarms in the home. It is unknown if they activated at the time of the fire.

The Fire Marshal’s Office is conducting an investigation in conjunction with the Fairfax County Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Bureau per standard operating procedures. Fire investigators determined the fire was accidental in nature and started inside the garage. It was caused by inappropriate use of a lighter by the child.

Damages are estimated to be $93,750.