Tysons, VA

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue wants to educate locals on how to prevent fires with sprinklers following a fire in Tysons.

Fire investigators say that combustible material left on top of a stove caused the fire on Sunday (Nov. 3).

The fire occurred in the 1500 block Boyd Pointe Way — the same block that houses the Adaire Apartments.

“Crews found [the] small fire extinguished by [a] fire sprinkler in kitchen on [the] 22nd floor,” the fire department tweeted.

No one was injured, according to the fire department. The fire caused $250 worth of damages.

“Without sprinklers, fire growth is unrestricted,” according to a video the fire department tweeted out, adding that fire sprinklers can control deadly heat and flames and give people time to escape.

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From Shopping Center to Townhomes — “The owner of Graham Park Plaza in Falls Church has scrapped plans for a mixed-use redevelopment of the aging shopping center. Federal Realty Investment Trust instead will sell almost half of the U.S. Route 50 shopping center… to EYA for a new townhouse development.” [Washington Business Journal]

Samuelson’s Diamonds and Estate Buyers Coming to Tysons — “The store at 8300 Boone Boulevard will be by appointment only and will be run by Allan Rosen, a veteran of Philadelphia’s Jewelers’ Row with 30 years of experience in the jewelry business.” [Washington Business Journal]

Little City Stormwater Taskforce Proposed — “Falls Church City Manager proposed at the Monday F.C. City Council work session the creation of a 5-7 member stormwater task force to prioritize projects for the City in the coming six months.” [Falls Church News-Press]

Falls Church Man Arrested Allegedly Robbing DWS — “A Falls Church man is under arrest after police say he threatened an employee of Designer Shoe Warehouse with a box cutter while he was caught trying to steal shoes from the store.” [Falls Church News-Press]

Fire Department Funding — Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department has received grants totaling $406,000 from the State Homeland Security Grant Awards. “FCFRD will utilize the funds to support a wide array of emergency preparedness and security operations, equipment replacement, training, planning and exercise programs.” [Fairfax County Fire and Rescue]

Talent in the Tysons Area — “Companies these days prefer to locate where talent is – and this poses both a challenge and an opportunity, the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority’s new president and CEO told the Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce Oct. 17. Victor Hoskins’ idea: Create a pipeline to deliver talent to businesses.” [Inside NoVa]

Morgan Stanley Buys Falls Church Municipal Bonds — “The sale of $126 million in City of Falls Church municipal bonds, the largest in the City’s history, to pay for construction of an all-new high school, renovation of the city library and stormwater improvement was consummated Tuesday at a remarkably low 2.71 percent interest rate.” [Falls Church News-Press]

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The new Scotts Run Fire and Rescue Station 44 in Tysons East officially broke ground today (Wednesday).

The new fire station in the Tysons East neighborhood is meant to relieve the overburdened Fire Station 29 by the Spring Hill Metro station. Fairfax County Fire and Rescue tweeted earlier today (Wednesday) that the groundbreaking was set to take place at 10 a.m.

Construction of the fire station was part of a proffer for Cityline Partners LLC’s mixed-use development called Scotts Run Station South.

Herndon-based TRINITY Group Construction is building the new station, which was designed by Samaha Associates. It will be located at 1766 Old Meadow Lane — near future adjacent athletic fields.

The two-story fire station will have three bays, offices, living quarters for up to 12 crew members per shift and restrooms that people using the Scotts Run Station South athletic field can use.

The parking lot for the fire station will have 22 spots for staff members and four public parking spaces.

Fairfax County planners want the building to achieve LEED certification, according to TRINITY.

The fire station is set to be completed by the end of next year.

Images via TRINITY Group Construction

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Updated at 2:15 p.m. — Includes new information from Marshall High School. 

A smell of burnt material prompted students to evacuate from Marshall High School this afternoon (Wednesday).

Fighterfighters from Fairfax and Arlington counties responded to the Tysons area school (7731 Leesburg Pike) for an “odor of burnt material,” Fairfax County Fire and Rescue tweeted at 1:35 p.m.

“Believed to be an HVAC unit. There is NO fire or smoke,” the tweet said.

All of the students have been evacuated from the school and the “situation is under control,” according to Fairfax County Fire and Rescue.

In an email to the “Marshall Family,” Principal Jeffrey Litz said that everyone went back inside the school around 1:50 p.m. after fire department personnel conducted air quality tests.

“The facilities department of Fairfax County Public Schools will continue to investigate the cause of the alarm,” Litz wrote.

Here’s the entire letter:

Dear Marshall Family,

Today, the students and staff of Marshall High School were evacuated from the building at approximately 1:25 PM when the fire alarm rang as a result of some smoke in a classroom from a rooftop air conditioning unit. All students and staff members left the building in an orderly fashion, and everyone was immediately determined to be safe and accounted for.

The fire department responded promptly and determined that there was no fire and no safety risk existed. Fire department personnel conducted air quality tests and subsequently allowed everyone to return to the building. The facilities department of Fairfax County Public Schools will continue to investigate the cause of the alarm.

While the fire department was investigating to determine the cause of the alarm, all students and staff were outside until students were allowed back in their classrooms at approximately 1:50 PM. All of this was done in an organized fashion, and students were always under adult supervision.

Thank you to everyone who cooperated during our dismissal procedures. We are pleased that no real problem was detected, and our emergency plans were effective. We will still hold Back to School Night this evening and look forward to seeing you soon.

Regards,

Jeffrey D. Litz

Principal

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Firefighters have extinguished a dump truck fire that broke out this afternoon by the Nouvelle Apartments in Tysons.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue said they were on scene at Westpark and Jones Branch drives around 12:25 p.m., according to a tweet. The truck was by the construction site for the Monarch, a 20-story condominium tower northeast of Tysons Galleria.

One reader sent a video to Tysons Reporter showing the front part of the truck in flames and firefighters hosing the truck down.

The fire department tweeted that people can “expect delays in the area.”

Image courtesy MBA

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Fairfax County Fire and Rescue has the opportunity to step up their safety protocols thanks to a new grant.

The fire department is one of 25 departments across the nation that the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) thought would benefit from a pilot program that helps departments develop a community risk assessment tool.

The $7,000 grant includes a data analytics system that allows the fire department to identify risks to property and life while also finding different conditions that exacerbate the threat.

The money will go towards the creation of a personalized dashboard that will be active through July 31, 2020 and specialized training to accompany the program, according to the department.

“Not only will access to the tool give us invaluable information about our community’s needs, but it is rewarding to know that using the tool will increase its effectiveness and help other fire departments in the long run,” Battalion Chief George Robbins, who leads the department’s community risk reduction department, said.

This September, the NFPA will hand out another 25 grants to departments. The departments are chosen based on size, geography, community support and other indicators. So far, 150 departments have applied for the grant.

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U.S. Park Police are investigating a crash that killed a 29-year-old Sterling man on the George Washington Memorial Parkway in McLean.

U.S. Park Police responded to the crash on northbound GW Parkway near Turkey Run shortly before 6 a.m. on Sunday (Aug. 11) and found a vehicle against a tree in the center median, Sgt. Eduardo Delgado, a U.S. Park Police spokesperson, said.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue units extricated the vehicle’s only occupant, Santino Deleone, who was pronounced dead on scene, Delgado said.

The U.S. Park Police Criminal Investigation Division and Traffic Safety Unit is currently investigating the crash, Delgado said.

Anyone with information can contact (202) 610-8737, [email protected] or (202) 610-7500.

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A fire that broke out in a Vienna home caused roughly $125,000 worth of damage and displaced four residents, the fire department said.

Fire investigators have determined a malfunctioning space heater ignited combustible items, causing the accidental home fire in the 400 block of Old Courthouse Road, according to Fairfax County Fire and Rescue.

“A Vienna police officer was patrolling the area and noticed smoke pushing out of a basement window and notified Vienna [Police Department] dispatch,” the fire department said.

Firefighters responded around 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 28, and “quickly extinguished” the fire in the basement in a two-story, single-family home.

No firefighter or civilian injuries were reported. Four residents were offered Red Cross assistance, which they declined.

Photo via Fairfax County Fire and Rescue/Twitter

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A fire that broke out in the garage of a McLean home caused roughly $60,000 worth of damage.

The fire broke out around 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 28, at a two-story, single-family home in the 6700 block of Osborn Street, according to Fairfax County Fire and Rescue.

Firefighters from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and the Arlington County Fire Department arrived on the scene with smoke showing from the garage.

More from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue:

Crews quickly located and extinguished a fire in the garage. There were no reported firefighter or civilian injuries.

The fire was discovered when a passerby noticed smoke coming from the garage and called 9-1-1. There were no occupants home at the time of the fire. Smoke alarms did not activate due to the location of the fire.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire started in the garage. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

Red Cross services were offered but not accepted. Damages are approximately $60,000. The damage total includes a vehicle lift system and a classic car that was parked in the garage.

Photo via Fairfax County Fire and Rescue/Twitter

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