From the Fairfax County Fire Department:
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a commercial building fire Sunday, December 27, 2010, at approximately 11:40 a.m., in the Herndon area of Fairfax County. The structure, Public Storage, is located at 2921 Centreville Rd.
Firefighters encountered heavy fire and smoke coming from several open storage units located on the first level of the main building upon arrival. A second alarm was struck by the incident commander, which included the Hazardous Materials Response Team, bringing approximately 70 emergency personnel to the scene. The fire quickly spread to multiple individual storage units and subsequently the second floor of the main building collapsed. The two-story building contained 200 storage units, approximately 75 percent of those units received varying amounts of damage, including smoke, fire, and water damage. Due to the collapse of the second floor and emminent additional collapses, crews were pulled out of the interior of the structure and conducted an exterior fire attack. It took firefighters several hours to bring the fire under control. After the fire was brought under control, firefighters remained on scene to perform overhaul and salvage operations and douse multiple spontaneous flare-ups. One adult received a non-life threatening injury and was treated at the scene.
Damage is estimated at $1.6 million.
According to fire investigators, the cause of the fire was accidental. A halogen lamp placed too close to combustible materials caused the fire.
Halogen Lamp Safety Tips
- Always buy a certified lamp such as the Underwriters Laboratories or CSA International, as they provide standards to ensure safety
- Keep combustible materials at least three feet from halogen lamps and consider not using them in areas where they might be tipped or overturned.
- Never place lamps near windows, beds, or an area where fabric may hang near the top of the lamp.
- Before using the light, ensure you are using the recommended bulb; the wrong bulb can cause the lamp to shatter.
- Shut off the lamp when you leave the room or area.
From NBCWashington.com today:
Flames gutted a storage unit near Dulles Airport on Sunday.
The two-alarm fire jumped from the first to second floor at the storage facility in Herndon, Va. A column of smoke visible from 6 miles away hung over the scene throughout the afternoon.
One civilian sustained minor burns and was quickly released from the hospital.
Firefighters required several hours to subdue all hot spots. Centreville Road was shut down during the operation.
No cause for the blaze was immediately identified.
Update 12/29/10 – This is the storage facility located north of the Open Door Presbyterian Church. The main building on the north side was the building that was damaged.
From the Fairfax County Fire Department:
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire Sunday, December 19, 2010, at approximately 8:55 p.m., in the Chantilly area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located at 4303 Lees Corner Road.
Firefighters were initially dispatched for an outside gas leak in the area; however, they were quickly redirected for a reported explosion and house fire. Upon arrival, firefighters saw heavy smoke and fire coming from the home, and within a few minutes, the two-story home was fully involved with fire. Firefighters performed an exterior attack on the fire due to the heavy fire and unsafe, deteriorating conditions inside the home. A subsequent second alarm was struck, bringing approximately 60 firefighters to the scene. All four occupants inside the home escaped unharmed. Two adjacent homes received minor residual damage, and several nearby large trees caught fire. Several homes nearby were evacuated due to the potential of gas in the area and the earlier explosion. The fire was brought under control in approximately one hour. Brookfield Elementary School was temporarily opened for residents evacuated from their homes. Red Cross assistance is being provided. There were no injuries.
The home is a total loss.
The fire is under investigation.
The house is outside of Oak Hill, south of Lee Jackson Memorial Highway.
The Fairfax County Police Department reports that four cases of beer and a bottle of liquor were stolen from a store (likely an ABC store) in Franklin Farm.
From Fairfax County police logs:
GRAFFITI: Graffiti was found on 16 school buses at Herndon Middle School, 901 Locust
Street, on Monday, December 6. An investigation determined the graffiti occurred some time
between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. that day.