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Smoke over Sterling, Virginia (photo courtesy Alan Henney/Twitter)

(Updated 4:50 p.m.) Firefighters are battling a two-alarm fire with possible hazardous materials at a warehouse in Sterling.

Smoke is billowing into the skies over Fairfax from a fire at Prospect Waterproofing Company (118 Acacia Lane). It is possible that a gas line was struck, per scanner traffic. Police said at 3:31 p.m. that the gas exposure has been controlled.

The building reportedly contains ion batteries and diesel generators.

Hazmat units were requested to assist.

The fire was reported around 3:10 p.m.


Fairfax County Fire and Rescue is on the scene of a two-alarm house fire in Clifton.

The fire broke out at a split-level home on the 13900 block of Whetstone Manor Court sometime around 9 a.m.

Two occupants were removed from the home. Scanner traffic indicated at least one of the occupants was a child who was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital.

As of 9:50 a.m., firefighters were working on bringing the fire under control.

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Local and state firefighters and public safety responders honored Sterling volunteer firefighter Trevor Brown, who was killed in a house explosion (via Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department/Twitter)

Great Falls volunteer firefighters are set to bartend at The Old Brogue this Thursday (March 14) to raise funds for the casualties of the Feb. 19 Sterling house explosion, including Sterling Volunteer Fire Company firefighter Trevor Brown.

Fundraising hours will take from place from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday.

The Old Brogue (760 Walker Road) first opened on Saint Patrickโ€™s Day in 1981. The Malone family took over the pub’s operations and ownership in 2022.

โ€œWhat makes The Old Brogue truly special is both its rich history in Irish hospitality dating back to the first steakhouse opened in Derry, Ireland, and the charming and warm environment of The Old Brogue that has earned its place as a pillar of the community today,โ€ Patrick Malone, a spokesman for The Old Brogue, said.

Customers are encouraged to bring cash and โ€œtip bigโ€ at the event.

The house explosion killed Brown, a 45-year-old firefighter and father of three who had been with the Loudoun County volunteer department since 2016. Fourteen others were also injured.

The fire was the result of a leak involving a 500-gallon underground propane tank and a un-contained propane tank that moved around the structure that was ignited by an unknown ignition source, according to Loudoun County fire officials.

Property damage extended to at least six additional homes, resulting in damages of roughly $2.5 million.

The Great Falls Volunteer Fire Department works with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department’s career staff out of Station 12 at 9916 Georgetown Pike.

Photo via Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department/Twitter

Fairfax County firefighters are at Towers Crescent in Tysons for a reported fire (via FCFRD/Twitter)

(Updated at 8:35 p.m.) The Towers Crescent office building in Tysons has been evacuated in response to a reported fire.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units were dispatched to 8000 Towers Crescent Drive around 7:26 p.m. for the high-rise fire, according to scanner traffic on Open MHz.

Crews are currently evacuating the commercial building and investigating smoke on the ninth floor, the FCFRD tweeted at 7:46 p.m. The smoke was reported by the building’s security team, and an odor was confirmed by firefighters on the scene, per the scanner.

The cause has yet to be determined, but on the scanner, firefighters described the odor as “electrical” in nature.

“No firefighter injuries have been reported,” the department said. As of 8:15 p.m., there have been no reported civilian injuries either, a spokesperson told FFXnow.

The 17-story, Class A office building is topped by the 22,000-square-foot Towers Club, where a party with about 60 people had to be evacuated.

“They’re ready to leave,” a firefighter said on the scanner at 8:12 p.m.

It’s unclear how many people overall needed to be evacuated.

Fairfax County firefighters responded to a house fire in Mount Vernon on Saturday, Jan. 20 (courtesy FCFRD)

(Updated at 5:15 p.m.) Two people died in separate house fires over the weekend, the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department says.

The first fire occurred in the 3800 block of Kings Hill Court in Mount Vernon around 5:58 p.m. on Saturday (Jan. 20).

Summoned by a neighbor who saw a fire from the back of a two-story single-family house, firefighters arrived to see the blaze making its way from the first floor up to the second floor, according to an FCFRD press release.

After “quickly” extinguishing the fire, firefighters found a man described as elderly inside the house. He was taken with life-threatening injuries to a hospital, where he later died, the department said.

“The cause of death is pending an autopsy and toxicology report from the medical examiner,” the department said in a news release today (Monday). “There were no firefighter injuries.”

Investigators determined that the house had smoke alarms, but it’s unclear if they were triggered by the fire, which started in the living room.

The exact cause of the fire hasn’t yet been determined, according to the fire department. Some residents of the house who weren’t home at the time of the fire have been displaced.

The FCFRD estimates that the fire resulted in approximately $475,500 in property damages.

Later that evening, the fire department responded at approximately 11:23 p.m. to another fire at a two-story, single-family house, this time in the 8200 block of Mockingbird Drive in Annandale’s Wakefield neighborhood.

According to the FCFRD, arriving crews saw “heavy fire” visible from the house’s roof. A woman was found inside and taken to a hospital, where she later died from her injuries.

As in the Mount Vernon fire, no firefighter injuries were reported, and the woman’s cause of death will be officially determined by an autopsy and toxicology report from the medical examiner.

“The fire was called in by a neighbor who reported seeing flames from the roof of the home,” the FCFRD said. “The origin of the fire was within the attic space of the structure. The cause has been attributed to a fault within the electrical lighting branch circuit related to the second-floor bathroom.”

The Wakefield fire produced approximately $639,913 in damages, the fire department reported.

These are the first fatal fire incidents of 2024, but on Dec. 11, a man was found dead in a McLean house where a two-alarm fire broke out.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue truck (file photo)

South Lakes High School was evacuated this morning (Wednesday) for what turned out to be a “small” fire in a bathroom, the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department says.

Firefighters were dispatched to the school at 11400 South Lakes Drive in Reston around 8:45 a.m. for a building fire, according to scanner traffic on Open MHz.

A school resource officer reported that “a small fire in a metal bin in one of the bathrooms” had been put out, but a fire response was still needed to clear the scene.

“Crews located and quickly extinguished a small fire in a bathroom,” the FCFRD said. “The school was evacuated. No civilian or firefighter injuries.”

The police officer also said a medic was required for a student who had passed out in an incident that was unrelated to the fire. At 8:47 a.m., he reported that the student had regained consciousness but was not feeling well.

According to an FCFRD spokesperson, the situation is not life-threatening, and there’s no indication at this point that drugs were involved. The cause of the fire also hasn’t been determined yet.

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department responds to a utility emergency at Build America Plaza in Bailey’s Crossroads (via FCFRD/Twitter)

An explosion that occurred while firefighters were putting out a blaze at Build America Plaza in Bailey’s Crossroads in early November was caused by a backdraft, the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department says.

Investigators have determined that the fire and “dramatic” explosion were accidental, resulting from degraded power lines that arced and sparked an “underground fire involving the insulation of adjacent communication lines,” the FCFRD reported today (Tuesday).

Firefighters were called to the shopping center at 3819 South George Mason Drive around 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 7 after 911 received reports of smoke in one of the commercial buildings.

“Crews arrived to find smoke in the building with no fire showing,” the fire department said, describing the incident as a “utility emergency.”

The building was evacuated, but when firefighters opened a door to a shed that appeared to be the source of the smoke, a fiery explosion engulfed them. Sharing a video of the incident, the FCFRD confirmed that the firefighters were okay.

No firefighter or civilian injuries were reported.

Photo via FCFRD/Twitter

Electrical equipment caught on fire near 8219 Leesburg Pike in Tysons (photo by Alan Henney)

Dark smoke was seen wafting over Route 7 near the Tysons Commerce Center office building (8219 Leesburg Pike) earlier this afternoon.

Alan Henney, a local crime and public safety watcher, reported hearing an “explosion [that] sounded like a transformer with fire” in the 8200 block of Leesburg Pike around 12:30 p.m. Photos and videos of the scene showed black smoke billowing up from near the office building, which is across the street from PetSmart.

While the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department didn’t receive any calls for a fire in the area, Dominion Energy spokesperson Peggy Fox confirmed that the utility had an equipment failure, sparking a fire on an electrical pole and causing a power outage that affected 1,572 customers.

“All but three customers were restored between 10 minutes and 39 minutes,” Fox told FFXnow. “Those remaining three will be out while repairs are made.”

Per Dominion Energy’s outage map, power is expected to be restored for those three customers around 4-7 p.m.

Investigators found that improperly discarded fireworks caused a house fire this year in Herndon (via FCFRD/Twitter)

Fairfax County officials are exploring ways to crack down on the illegal use of fireworks.

At a meeting Tuesday (Sept. 12), the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to consider expanding the enforcement powers of the Fairfax County Police Department related to fireworks.

Currently, FCPD officers don’t have jurisdiction to issue citations for individuals using fireworks illegally — a problem that Franconia District Supervisor Rodney Lusk, who introduced the proposal, says โ€œstiflesโ€ the countyโ€™s ability to prevent and end unlawful fireworks displays.

The county’s code currently designates the Office of the Fire Marshal as the only enforcement agency for issues related to fireworks, which can only be sold locally from June 1 to July 15 each year.

Around Independence Day, the office lacks bandwidth and staff to respond to calls for service and on-site safety protocol, according to Lusk.

The change was sparked by an increase in the number of fireworks-related incidents tackled by the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, particularly around the Fourth of July.

According to the board matter, Deputy Fire Chief John Walser has said that this July 4 had “the most significant number of incidents of any [day] in the time I have been in the Fire Marshalโ€™s Office.”

Between July 1 and 4, the police department received 60 calls of service related to fireworks displays in the Franconia District station alone. Just on July 4, county firefighters responded to 12 fires, “almost all of which were certainly related to fireworks,” Lusk said.

Staff will now work on drafting language for an ordinance that will be considered by the board before the end of the first quarter of 2024. A renewed interagency public awareness campaign on fireworks rules and safety is also planned.

Photo via FCFRD/Twitter

A stolen car crashed into a Lorton home earlier today (Photo via Fairfax County Police Department).

(Updated at 4:45 pm) Local police have arrested a man suspected of crashing a stolen car into a Lorton home earlier this morning at around 4:40 a.m.

Nico Anthony Doublet, 32, was arrested today (Thursday), after a community-led search.

The car drove into a home in the area of Cumbria Valley Drive and Derwent Valley Court. The suspect was wearing dark clothing and a surgical mask. He is described as a Black male in his 20s.

Police said the man was seen taking things from various cars in the neighborhood. Police attempted to stop the man in the act, but he sped away in the stolen car — which was taken from the neighborhood.

Officers followed him on foot, after which the man crashed into an electrical transformer near the house. The house and car then caught fire.

No injuries were reported, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.


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