City of Falls Church police arrested a man for allegedly setting a marked sheriff’s vehicle on fire outside City Hall.
Falls Church police and the Arlington County Fire Department responded to a call for a vehicle fire around 6 a.m. yesterday (Monday).
“The fire was extinguished without injuries or damage to city buildings,” according to a Falls Church press release. The cruiser was totaled in the blaze, police said.
Police charged a 23-year-old man for arson near the scene of the fire. Police said “any additional charges are pending.”
The incident prompted an investigation by the Fire Marshall.
At a City Council meeting last night, City Manager Wyatt Shields said that “it was very startling… for employees who were coming to work this morning, they came by this burnt vehicle.”
While the police investigation is ongoing, Shields said, “We do not think there was any real rationale behind this arson. I think it was a random event.”
Shields said that the loss of the vehicle is covered by insurance.
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.”
Units currently on scene of a dump truck fire on Westpark Drive and Jones Branch Drive in the Tysons area. Fire has been extinguished. Expect delays in area. #FCFRD #FairfaxCounty #traffic pic.twitter.com/Bh5pj4srGz
— Fairfax Fire/Rescue (@ffxfirerescue) September 5, 2019
Image courtesy MBA
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
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.
McLean Garage Fire Causes $60K In Damage. Units from #FCFRD and @ArlingtonVaFD arrived on the scene of a two-story, single-family home with smoke showing from the garage. More: https://t.co/UY9NPF9fQG #FairfaxCounty pic.twitter.com/0wVmmbT1cy
— Fairfax Fire/Rescue (@ffxfirerescue) August 1, 2019
Photo via Fairfax County Fire and Rescue/Twitter
A fire broke out in a Vienna home near the Westwood Country Club yesterday (Sunday) afternoon.
Firefighters responded to the house fire in the 400 block of Old Courthouse Road around 2 p.m., according to Fairfax County Fire and Rescue.
Firefighters “quickly extinguished” the fire in the basement, the fire department said.
No firefighter or civilian injuries were reported.
House Fire in Falls Church — On Sunday (July 28), firefighters “quickly extinguished” a fire in the garage of home in the 6700 block of Osborn Street in the Falls Church area. There are no reported firefighter or civilian injuries. [Fairfax County Fire and Rescue/Twitter]
Town of Vienna Readying for Clean-Up Day — “The next Vienna Town Clean-Up Day will be held on Saturday, Aug. 3 from 9 a.m. to noon. Individuals and organizations are encouraged to help town-government staff pick up trash, remove invasive plants and give the town a general polish.” [Inside NoVa]
Micro Units Coming to Falls Church Development — “The massive new mixed-use development planned for the City of Falls Church’s west end, recently dubbed the “Little City Commons,” will feature a living space favored by big cities throughout the country when it introduces micro units upon completion in 2022.” [Falls Church News-Press]
Upcoming Bicycle Donation, Festival in McLean — “The annual Old Firehouse Teen Center Block Party will be held on Saturday, Aug. 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the teen center, 1440 Chain Bridge Road in McLean. Admission is free. As part of the festivities, Bands for Bikes will be collecting donations of bicycles and funds for the ‘Wheels to Africa’ initiative.” [Inside NoVa]
Falls Church’s “Founding Father” Dies — “Lou Olom, a venerable founding father of the City of Falls Church and especially its world-renowned school system, has died at age 102… Two years ago, on July 10, 2017, the Falls Church community celebrated Olom’s 100th birthday with a formal proclamation declaring his birthday as “Lou Olom Day.” [Falls Church News-Press]
Stormy Afternoon Ahead With Flash Flood Watch — The National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Watch for today (Monday) for Fairfax County and surrounding areas from 3 p.m. through late tonight. Thunderstorms and heavy rainfall totaling 1-2 inches are expected. “Much of this rain may fall in short periods of time in any one given location, resulting in the risk for flash flooding this afternoon and tonight.” [NWS]
Georgetown Pike Now Open Again — All lanes of Georgetown Pike (Route 193) between Centrillion Drive and Georgetown Ridge Court in McLean closed for emergency road repairs on Sunday following a fallen tree and wires. The road reopened several hours later. [Twitter]
New Field in Tysons — “Quantum Field officially opened [earlier in July] and players will soon get the chance to enjoy this lighted, state-of-the-art synthetic turf rectangular field.” [Connection Newspapers]
Firefighters Fought Tysons Fire — Firefighters responded to a small fire on roof in the 8600 block of Westwood Center Drive in Tysons West on Sunday. [Twitter]
Langley High School Students Lauded — “Five local high-school students recently received the McLean Citizens Association’s 2019 Outstanding Teen Character Awards for their dedication to the community.” [Inside NoVa]
McLean Resident Lands Federal Agency Role — “The US Senate June 27 voted to confirm Aimee Jorjani as the first full-time chairman of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.” Jorjani is a McLean resident. [Connection Newspapers]
Botched Bolts Behind Metro Mishap — “A Metro train pulled apart on the tracks last year because the agency was using the wrong parts, installing parts that were used incorrectly, and not checking to ensure things were done right… The 51-page report approved Thursday by the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission details a litany of failures that led up to an eight-car Silver Line train bound for D.C. coming apart outside the McLean Station on Aug. 25.” [WTOP]
New School Rules — “The new Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook, which was approved by the board on Thursday, includes more than two dozen changes meant to standardize the way discipline is handed down in the school system.” The changes go into effect this fall. [WTOP]
County Seeking Tysons Traffic Solutions — “A number of options to relieve traffic congestion around McLean and Tysons were presented at a previous community meeting. Fairfax County’s transportation department is seeking feedback on those options, and the deadline for comments has been extended to July 31.” [Patch]
Large Music Library in Falls Church Home — “A long-time local resident who is once again kicking off the Creative Cauldron’s summer cabaret series also happens to curate one of the most interesting home collections of the Tin Pan Alley era of music.” [Falls Church News-Press]
Virginia Nabs Top Spot on CNBC List — CNBC ranked Virginia #1 on its recently released “America’s Top States for Business” list. [CNBC]
Firework Sparklers Behind McLean House Fire — “The garage of a McLean home caught fire on [July 3] due to firework sparklers that were improperly disposed of.” [ABC7]
Egyptian Art Coming to Falls Church — “Falls Church Arts (FCA) is excited to be the first gallery to exhibit this unique collection of Egyptian Contemporary art by these wonderful artists from the Luxor, Alexandria, and Cairo regions of Egypt. These artworks were created over the last several weeks on papyrus especially for this exhibition, the first of its kind in the U.S.” [Falls Church News-Press]
A building fire in Falls Church ended up sending one firefighter to the hospital yesterday (Tuesday).
The fire broke out around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday (July 2) in the 7400 block of Lee Highway, according to a Fairfax County Fire and Rescue tweet.
The accidental fire that started in the attic area by the chimney stack was discovered after the fire sprinkler system and fire alarm went off, the tweet said.
One firefighter was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.
The fire caused $2,500 worth of damages, according to the fire department.
Cookie Baking in Space — “DoubleTree by Hilton… is partnering with Zero G Kitchen, a company creating appliances for microgravity use in long-duration space flights, and NanoRacks, a provider of commercial access to space,… are using a prototype oven designed for long-duration space flight to bake a cookie in space later this year on a date to be determined.” [Washington Business Journal]
New State Laws Take Effect Today — A new set of laws — like raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products and allowing certain types of CBD oil use in schools — take effect today (July 1). [Inside NoVa]
Small Fire Broke Out at Vienna Home — On Saturday morning, firefighters extinguished a small basement fire at a home in the 9800 block of Bridleridge Court in Vienna. The fire was caused by an electrical event within a circuit board for the electronic air cleaner. The fire caused about $500 worth of damage. [Fairfax County Fire and Rescue/Twitter]
WeWork Expands Tysons Presence — “WeWork inked a deal Thursday to expand its presence in Lerner Enterprises’ trophy office building to 154,025 square feet, bringing the 17-story, 476,000-square-foot tower to 100% occupancy roughly three and a half years after it delivered.” [Washington Business Journal]
The History of Tysons — The first part of this series gives an overview of Tysons transformed from a farming community into a developing city. [Greater Greater Washington]
Local Real Estate Developer Behind Bars — “Todd Hitt, the CEO of Kiddar Capital, a Falls Church asset management firm, will serve a 6 1/2 year prison sentence for securities fraud.” [Reston Now]
Water, Water Everywhere — “Fairfax Water, the utility provider of drinking water for the Town of Vienna, has released a report on how clean the water was in 2018.” [Vienna Patch]