Governor Attends Vienna Memorial Day Ceremony — “Vienna residents joined Gov. Glen Youngkin and other dignitaries at the Town Green today to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation. In his remarks, Rear Admiral Fred Kacher noted that for Gold Star families, every day is Memorial Day.” [Town of Vienna/Twitter]
West Falls Church Apartment Fire Displaces Residents — Assisted by Arlington and Fairfax City, Fairfax Count fire investigators are looking into a two-alarm apartment fire that damaged 12 units in the 2900 block of Dover Lane on Sunday (May 29). There were no reported injuries, but an “unknown number” of residents were displaced, including a dog. [FCFRD/Facebook, Twitter]
Transgender Woman Sues Fairfax County Jail — A former inmate at Fairfax County Adult Detention Center alleges in a lawsuit that she was housed with men and experienced harassment after officials learned she was transgender. The case is currently being reviewed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit. [The Washington Post]
Lack of Defibrillators Keeps Reston Pools Closed — “Due to supply chain delays, the following five RA pools did not receive new Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in time for Memorial Day weekend: Autumnwood, Ridge Heights, Hunters Woods, Golf Course Island, and Tall Oaks, according to an RA announcement.” [Patch]
Great Falls Pipeline Project Halted — “The Virginia Department of Transportation on May 24 issued a stop-work order for a Washington Gas pipeline-installation project on Georgetown Pike after receiving complaints from the Great Falls Citizens Association (GFCA).” [Sun Gazette]
Woman Killed in Annandale Crash Was Community Advocate — “[Eileen] Garnett, 83, was a longtime advocate for revitalizing Annandale. On the day of the crash, she was with a group of county and state officials on an inspection tour of Annandale hosted by the Annandale Central Business District Planning Committee.” [Annandale Today]
“Above-Average” Hurricane Season Forecast — “NOAA is forecasting a likely range of 14 to 21 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which six to 10 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including three to six major hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5; with winds of 111 mph or higher).” [Fairfax County Emergency Information]
Centreville Park Gets Lighting Upgrades — “The Fairfax County Park Authority will begin a basketball lighting upgrade project this week at Chalet Woods Park, located at 14912 Cranoke St., Centreville, in the Sully District. The project scope includes removal of the existing poles and fixtures, followed by installation of new poles, fixtures and a push button for basketball court lights.” [FCPA]
It’s Tuesday — Humid throughout the day. High of 90 and low of 72. Sunrise at 5:47 am and sunset at 8:29 pm. [Weather.gov]
Heat Raises Risk for Outdoor Activities — “The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a special weather statement for early season heat for Friday, May 20, through Sunday, May 22. Temperatures will rise into the 90s this weekend for the first time since last fall, with Saturday forecast to be the hottest day.” [Fairfax County Emergency Information]
FCPS Teacher Arrested on Child Porn Charges — “A 28-year-old middle school teacher from Springfield faces two felony charges of possession of child pornography…At the time of her arrest, Kristine Knizner was employed by Fairfax County Public Schools as a teacher at Irving Middle School in Springfield. She had previously been a teacher at Key Middle School in Franconia.” [Patch]
School Bus Crashes at Inova Fairfax Hospital — “Two-vehicle crash involving a Fairfax County School bus on the 3300 block of Gallows Rd @ 5:53pm. Two students were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Bus driver & the driver of the other involved vehicle have non-life-threatening injuries.” [Allison Papson/Twitter]
Natural Gas Tank Explodes in Springfield — “Approximately 6 PM, units were dispatched for a cylinder tank in natural gas vehicle that exploded/ruptured in 6800 block of Industrial Road in Springfield. Fire in vehicle extinguished. No hazard and no reported injuries.” [FCFRD/Twitter]
Metro Eyes Late Summer to Restore Troubled Trains — “Amid a leadership shakeup at Metro, the transit agency says its plan to restore its long-sidelined 7000-series rail cars by late this summer remains on track. Late Thursday afternoon, Metro submitted a formal return-to-service plan aiming to safely bring back a limited number of 7000-series rail cars, and Metro’s safety watchdog…gave the plan a green light.” [WTOP]
Project Near West Falls Church Metro Begins — The City of Falls Church broke ground yesterday (Tuesday) on West Falls, a major mixed-use development that, in its first phase, will bring five buildings totaling 1.2 million square feet to the former George Mason High School site. It’s the biggest project in the city’s history and will eventually be joined by development from Metro and Virginia Tech. [Washington Business Journal]
Couple Thankful After Reston Fire Station Baby Delivery — “It’s been a whirlwind couple of days for Isabelle Ahearn and Ray Qasimyar, after Ahearn went into labor early Tuesday morning and wound up delivering her baby in the parking lot of a Fairfax County fire station.” [ABC7]
Colvin Run ES Teacher Turns Basketball into Education — “P.E. teacher Patrick Noel had started his first year, a virtual one, at Colvin Run Elementary School during the pandemic. He says during his breaks, he would perform trick shots and share them with his students, ultimately presenting them on Tuesdays and dubbing it Trick Shot Tuesday.” [ABC7]
Vienna Adds Street Beacons — “Vienna has two new sets of Rectangular Rapid-Flashing Beacons! The LEDs flash with high frequency when activated to improve pedestrian safety. Check out the new RRFBs at the intersection of Courthouse Road SW & Glen Ave SW as well as Beulah Rd NE & Creek Crossing Road NE.” [Town of Vienna/Twitter]
It’s Friday — Partly cloudy throughout the day. High of 87 and low of 66. Sunrise at 5:54 am and sunset at 8:20 pm. [Weather.gov]
Crews are planning to demolish a building on the campus of W.T. Woodson High School that was engulfed by flames earlier this year.
An hours-long fire consumed an administrative building facing Main Street in the early morning hours of Jan. 30. Part of the roof and an external wall collapsed, WTOP previously reported.
A spokesperson for Fairfax County Public Schools said the damage was “beyond repair” during the fire.
There is no word yet on what’s in store for the site once it is demolished. It’s unclear when demolition will begin, although county permits were processed in March.
“Plans will be submitted if there is to be a rebuild,” FCPS spokesperson Julie Moult wrote in a statement.
Fire investigators did not conclusively determine what caused the fire, which was accidental in nature and started in an office. The fire caused roughly $8.8 million in damages.
The building was used for ground maintenance and operations support, a locksmith, stock room, offices, a break room, and storage.
Fairfax County firefighters have been working for almost two hours now to extinguish a fire at an apartment in the Fair Oaks area.
Videos show responders battling flames that can be seen on the apartment’s roof. The department said that the bulk of the blaze had been knocked down by 11:37 a.m., but crews were continuing to hit hot spots and checking for any extension of the fire at 12:25 p.m.
FCFRD confirmed that the fire had reached a third alarm, and one firefighter was transported to a hospital for a check-up.
— Fairfax County Fire/Rescue (@ffxfirerescue) April 18, 2022
UPDATE- garden apartment fire in the 4200 block of Mozart Brigade Lane in Fair Oaks area. Fire did reach third alarm. Crews continue to hit hot spots and check for extension. One firefighter transported to hospital for a check-up. #FCFRD pic.twitter.com/lQXaIIItGF
— Fairfax County Fire/Rescue (@ffxfirerescue) April 18, 2022
Vienna was shaken on Saturday (April 16) when a fire tore through a house that has stood in the town for more than a century.
Units from the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department were called to the 100 block of Park Street NE around 4:28 a.m. for a house fire.
The fire started on the house’s second floor, caused by “spontaneous combustion of home improvement materials such as sawdust, floor stain cans and rags,” the FCFRD reported today (Monday).
According to the fire department, units could see fire through the second-floor windows upon arrival and requested a second alarm due to the volume of the fire and unknown number and status of any occupants. The City of Fairfax Fire Department assisted in the response:
Crews located one occupant and assisted him in evacuating. A combination of an initial exterior attack on the fire, which quickly transitioned to an interior attack, brought the fire under control. One occupant was transported to hospital for a check-up. There were no reported firefighter injuries.
One occupant was home at the time of the fire. The occupant was awakened and assisted with evacuating the structure by fire department personnel. The smoke alarms sounded but the occupant could not hear them.
By noon, the house at 135 Park Street NE was cordoned off by yellow “caution” tape. The fire had taken out the second-floor windows and left a gaping hole in the metal roof near a brick chimney, but the foundation and first floor still appeared intact.
According to Fairfax County property records, the house was originally built on a 15,124-square-foot lot in 1900 and underwent a remodel in 1974. The two-story building has eight bedrooms, five full bathrooms, a third of a basement, and two fireplaces.
The fire department reported that the house’s occupant was displaced by the fire, which resulted in approximately $513,500 in damages. The residence was sold in December for $900,500, county property records indicate.
Around 4:30 a.m., units responded to a house fire the 100 block of Park Street NE in Vienna. Heavy fire on arrival. Second Alarm was requested. One occupant rescued. Transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. #FCFRD pic.twitter.com/u8XtvwADeq
— Fairfax County Fire/Rescue (@ffxfirerescue) April 16, 2022
(Updated at 11:10 a.m.) One person was injured and 15 people were displaced in a Reston apartment fire that happened last night (Sunday).
Crews responded to a fire that broke out in the 2200 block of Stone Wheel Drive, according to the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.
A second-alarm was requested due to the severity of the fire.
A dozen people were in the building at the time of the incident. One resident was found and evacuated from a back bedroom in the apartment building.
The fire was caused by an unattended candle on the third floor of a room that spread to nearby combustibles, according to the department. Roughly $125,000 in damages was reported.
UPDATE – garden apartment fire in the 2200 block of Stone Wheel Drive in Reston. Fire is out. Second Alarm units being placed in service. Fire Investigators on scene to determine cause. #FCFRD pic.twitter.com/0YW5suYb2p
— Fairfax County Fire/Rescue (@ffxfirerescue) April 11, 2022
Franconia Townhouse Fire Under Investigation — Fairfax County fire investigators are still working to determine the cause of a townhouse fire that occurred in the 6500 block of Gildar Street on Saturday (April 2). The blaze didn’t cause any injuries, but four people have been displaced, and there was an estimated $93,750 in damages. [FCFRD]
Fairfax City Police Search for Missing Woman — “Fairfax City Police are still searching for information Tuesday on the disappearance of Amanda Childress, 43, who may have also been the victim of an assault…Investigators said the assault may have happened in the 10400 block of Eaton Place on March 6.” [ABC7]
GMU Dedicates Memorial to People Enslaved by Namesake — “The Enslaved People of George Mason Memorial is located on the campus’s recently renovated Wilkins Plaza, named for the late civil rights leader and George Mason University professor journalist Roger Wilkins. On Monday, several hundred people assembled in Wilkins Plaza for the monument’s dedication.” [Patch]
ACLU Lawsuit Over Mask-Optional Law Continues — A federal judge denied a motion to dismiss a challenge of Virginia’s law making masks optional in schools. The Fairfax County School Board filed a brief supporting the 12 families with immunocompromised children, while the Fairfax County Parents Association, a community group that grew out of the Open FCPS campaign, has backed the state. [WTOP]
Reston Woman Wins Cherry Blossom Race — “Sunday marked the first Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run since 2019, and with it, a local became champion for the first time since 1983, according to race officials. Susanna Sullivan of Reston, Virginia, won the elite women’s race.” [WTOP]
County Police Recognize Child Abuse Prevention Month — “Pinwheels will be displayed outside Public Safety Headquarters and at our district stations throughout April in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month. Pinwheels are a reminder of the carefree spirit of children and symbolize the happy childhood every child should have.” [FCPD/Facebook]
It’s Also National Poetry Month — Fairfax County is celebrating National Poetry Month by having community members read poems “that showcase the diverse and compelling work of contemporary American poets” throughout April. The series kicked off with County Executive Bryan Hill reading “Crossing” by Jericho Brown. [Fairfax County Government/Twitter]
It’s Wednesday — Light rain in the morning and overnight. High of 65 and low of 51. Sunrise at 6:46 a.m. and sunset at 7:38 p.m. [Weather.gov]
Firefighters rescued two cats from a house fire in McLean last night (Monday) caused by a kerosene lamp.
One of two occupants was transported to a hospital with minor injuries, the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department wrote in a news release.
Investigators determined that the fire started at the house in the 6800 block of Churchill Road after an occupant accidentally spilled kerosene when refilling a kerosene-fueled lamp. When the lamp was turned on, the kerosene ignited and spread to nearby combustibles in a first-floor bedroom, the release said.
Both of the occupants evacuated the two-story house, which also had working smoke alarms that went off.
Units from the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department and the Arlington County Fire Department were dispatched to the fire around 8:32 p.m.
Fire was showing from windows on the first floor when units arrived, FCFRD said. Crews quickly extinguished it.
“Two cats were rescued by crews and care was initiated by EMS,” a release from the department states. “Animal Control transported cats to local vet. Both expected to recover. There were no firefighter injuries reported.”
The fire was contained to the bedroom and damages amounted to approximately $62,500.
The ongoing renovation of Cooper Middle School is heating up — literally.
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue units put out “a very small, smoldering fire in a construction area” next to the school at 977 Balls Hill Road around noon today (Tuesday).
According to the fire department, the fire did not present any danger to students, who are currently on spring break anyway, and no evacuation was required.
Most units returned to service shortly after noon.
The McLean school is undergoing a major renovation project totaling approximately 179,000 square feet of space. Anticipated additions include classrooms, a new library, reconfigured administrative offices, expansions of the cafeteria and main gym, and site improvements including parking.
Construction on the project is expected to be complete in the fall of 2023, according to Fairfax County Public Schools.
Units on scene of a very small, smoldering fire in a construction area next to a school in the 900 block of Balls Hill Road – @CooperCougar. No danger to students. No evacuation required. Most units returning to service. #FCFRD @fcpsnews pic.twitter.com/6tIq8NVYVp
— Fairfax County Fire/Rescue (@ffxfirerescue) April 5, 2022
Photo via Google Maps
Two residents have been displaced by a house fire that happened over the weekend in Herndon.
On Sunday (April 3) at around 12:30 a.m., fire units responded to a fire at a single-family home on the 1700 block of Whitewood Lane.
The fire also caused roughly $25,000 in damages.
The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department said crews said the fire started in the basement, but was quickly brought under control.
Three people who were home at the time said they heard a popping sound and evacuated from the home.
So far, fire investigators believe that the fire started in the electric panel box.
No injuries were reported.