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.
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.
On Friday, February 17, at approximately 3:17 p.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and the City of Alexandria Fire Department were dispatched for a report of an apartment fire in the 4900 block of Beauregard Street in the Lincolnia section of Fairfax County.
Firefighters from Fire Station 26, Edsall Road, arrived first on scene to find smoke showing from a second floor unit in a three-level, garden style apartment. A second alarm was quickly called for bringing additional crews from Fairfax County, Alexandria, and Arlington County Fire Departments.
The fire quickly spread into the attic and a third alarm was called for shortly thereafter. Due to firefighter efforts, the extent of the fire was limited to the one apartment and the attic area above.
The fire was discovered by three Fairfax County police officers patrolling the area. The officers notified dispatch then proceeded to knock on doors in the building in an effort to evacuate residents.
Two civilians sustained minor injuries and were transported to a local hospital. One firefighter from Alexandria suffered a minor injury. A total of approximately 90 firefighters responded to the scene.
Two apartments were deemed unsafe to occupy. Red Cross was called to the scene and is assisting a total of four adults and one infant.
Fire Investigators determined the fire started in a bedroom of the apartment. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. Damages as a result of the fire are estimated at approximately $167,500.
Video below courtesy of Daniel Perez.
Earlier today, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue responded to a house fire (video below) in the 800 block of Turkey Run Road.
Smoke alarms alerted the family to the fire and they were able to escape unharmed. Fairfax County Fire and Rescue wants to remind all residents that working smoke alarms and a home escape plan can save lives in the event of fire!
How to develop a home escape plan
More about smoke alarms
The fire is currently under investigation and more information will be provided as soon as it is available.
Video courtesy of Mr.Jack Huffard.
On the latest edition of Employee Spotlight, meet Captain II Francis Mensah who heads up our recruiting section.
Today, the High School Firefighter students learned about fire behavior first hand by going into a live training fire.
The students were divided into two groups. One group donned their full protective gear and were required to have an instructor check to make sure the gear was correctly put on. Once that was done, the students were led inside the burn building where a safety briefing was conducted prior to the fire being lit. The second group stayed outside while another instructor explained to them what they should look for and why it is important. The groups then switched after the fire was put out.
Students inside the burn building saw how the fire can grow, how the heat builds, how the smoke can rise and bank down and travel in a building.
The first portion of the training was captured live on our Facebook page. More photos below.
By: Master Technician Chris Morgan
Fire Station,11, Penn Daw, B-Shift
Earlier today Fire Station11, Penn Daw, B-Shift had the opportunity to get some hands on training in a building that used to house the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Police near the Huntington Metro Station. The building was obtained via the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Departments acquired structure program that allows our firefighters to utilize donated buildings, slated to be torn down, for training purposes.
Firefighters conducted several training evaluations this morning at this acquired structure. Some of the tasks were forcible entry through roll down doors, creating doors out of windows to rescue downed/trapped firefighters, and forcible entry on exterior metal doors.
This training was very beneficial to all Fire Station 11 firefighters as these were situations that we rarely get to practice in such a realistic environment.