(Updated at 5:05 p.m.) A fire that tore through four Annandale businesses yesterday (Sunday) caused over $2.2 million in property damages, the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department estimates.
The two-alarm fire began in the low-lying commercial building in the 7200 block of Columbia Pike around 7:06 a.m., prompting an extended closure of the roadway as firefighters spent hours working to extinguish the flames.
The incident was partly prolonged by the building’s instability, which kept all firefighters outside, and the need for the gas company to come on site to shut off a gas line under the road that fueled a “small” fire, according to the FCFRD.
The fire department confirmed that there were no injuries, but damages to the businesses were expected to be “catastrophic,” DC News Now reported yesterday, noting that over 100 firefighters responded.
The affected companies include JJ Salon & Barber, the mailing service Hanmi Post, and the Korean restaurants To Sok Jip and Bonchon, which is now listed as temporarily closed.
“As of right now, the damage is being assessed and Bonchon is waiting to hear how long the location will be closed to repair the damage,” a public relations representative for Bonchon said.
An investigation into the cause of the fire is still underway.
UPDATE – building fire in the 7200 block of Columbia Pike on 3/12 at 7:06 a.m. Fire damaged four businesses. No injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Damages: $2,223,760. Further updates will be provided as new information becomes available. #FCFRD pic.twitter.com/pJRTumeAmz
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