Tysons, VA

Emergency responders with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department are on the scene of a house fire in the 1100 block of Pine Hill Road in McLean.

The blaze was visible through the house’s second floor when crews first arrived around 10 a.m. today (Tuesday).

The FCFRD reported at 10:21 a.m. that the fire has been extinguished, and crews are now clearing smoke from the home. No injuries have been reported.

Responders from Arlington County and Montgomery County provided assistance.

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Updated at 4:10 p.m. — The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department says the situation is now stable, and all people trapped in stalled elevators have been freed. There are no reported injuries or indications of natural gas issues at this time.

Police officers are assisting with traffic control in the area around Tysons Corner Center.

“Please use caution and follow police direction,” the Fairfax County Police Department says.

Earlier — A transformer caught fire in the 1900 block of Chain Bridge Road in Tysons, the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department reported just before 3:30 p.m. today (Friday).

The fire is now out after units responded to the scene, but electrical power has been cut off in the area, resulting in multiple calls from people stuck in elevators. Emergency responders are helping free them.

The FCFRD says crews have not detected any gas leaks or odors so far.

Dominion Energy crews are also on the scene working to isolate the transformer.

“We are working to get power back as quickly and safely as possible but I’m told the work will take a few hours,” Dominion spokesperson Peggy Fox said.

A map from Dominion Energy indicates that two power outages have affected 74 customers in the Tysons area. 68 people have lost power because a circuit is out, and an outage affecting six people has been attributed to an equipment problem.

Dominion Energy estimates that power will be restored in both cases between 5-8 p.m.

Map via Dominion Energy

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Wednesday Morning Notes

Mary Riley Styles Public Library Construction Closes N. Virginia Ave. in Falls Church — “The 100 block of N. Virginia Ave. will be closed from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 4, to allow for work on the library renovation and expansion project.” [City of Falls Church]

Halloween House Fire in McLean Causes Serious Damage — “An abandoned house in McLean went up in flames on Halloween night, causing $621,400 in damages…The cause of the fire remains under investigation.” [Patch]

How a Tysons Task Force Built a Road Map for Redevelopment — “The Tysons Land Use Task Force provides a potential model for permitting more housing in other expensive, suburban jurisdictions.” [Greater Greater Washington]

Wawa Hosts Tesla Giveaway and Electric Car Parade in Vienna — “Not only did the event crown Luis, local resident of Alexandria, VA, with a brand-new Tesla, but the event supported sustainable environmental causes throughout Vienna.” [Wawa]

Photo courtesy Wawa

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A house fire caused trash delays and road closures today in a Falls Church neighborhood.

The fire in the 1300 block of Robinson Place caused several road closures in the area earlier today, according to press releases from the city. All of the roads except for Robinson Place have not reopened. Trash and recycling collection will be delayed in the area with some possibly waiting until Thursday morning.

Three residents in the house were safely evacuated, according to the latest press release. “The previous news release noted that one occupant was transported to a hospital, but that was a reporting error,” the press release said.

The city’s fire official is investigating the cause of the fire, the press release said.

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Four people are displaced following a fire at their home in the Idylwood area last week.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue said that the fire started around 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday (May 27) in the 7100 block of Shreve Road.

“Units arrived on the scene of a two-story, single-family home with smoke showing from the roof,” the fire department said. “Crews located a fire on the first floor and quickly extinguished.”

The four people at the house reported the fire after smelling smoke and seeing flames in the laundry room, the fire department said.

The people accepted Red Cross assistance after being displaced because of the fire, which caused roughly $37,500 worth of damages, the fire department said.

The fire department is still investigating what started the fire in the first-floor laundry room, adding that no injuries to civilians nor firefighters have been reported.

Photo courtesy of M. Clarke

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Fire at Falls Church Home — Fairfax County firefighters responded to a house fire in the 7100 block of Shreve Road yesterday and got the fire under control. [Fairfax County Fire and Rescue/Twitter]

Greasy Problem at Silver Diner — “Silver Diner filed the lawsuit against Tech 24, a Greenville, South Carolina-based restaurant equipment and services firm, after Silver Diner claims the vendor intentionally flooded several of the restaurants’ grease traps in what it called a ‘retaliatory’ move.” [Washington Business Journal]

More Liquor To-Go — “The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (ABC) is now offering curbside pickup for online orders at 370 stores across the commonwealth.” [Inside NoVa]

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Fairfax County fire and rescue crews received the most dispatches incidents to the Providence District in the 2018 and 2019 calendar years., according to new county data.

Today (Tuesday), Fairfax County Fire and Rescue released its 2019 Annual Report. The report includes data for the two calendar years for all nine districts in the county.

According to the report, the Providence District was the only district in the county to top 13,000 total dispatches for each of the calendar years, followed closely by the Lee District.

Roughly 26 square miles, the Providence District is the most populated district in the county and includes the quickly urbanizing Tysons area, Merrifield and Oakton, according to the report. Four fire stations are located in the district, which will soon welcome a fifth station when the Scotts Run station opens at the end of the year.

A recent discussion with county officials focused on how fire department facilities in the Tysons area can expand as the population grows and buildings get taller. Now, the county is looking to revamp Fire Station 29 in Tysons.

Emergency medical services accounted for roughly 70% of the dispatched incidents for the Providence District during both years, while public service incidents were 10% and fires were 20%, according to the data.

More data for the district:

  • average EMS response time: 4 minutes and 47 seconds
  • average fire engine response time: 5 minutes and 34 seconds
  • most fire dispatches by district in 2019

“County units responded to and mitigated 95% of all CY2019 incidents occurring within [the] Providence District,” according to the report. “Five percent of the incidents required mutual aid from other jurisdictions.”

People can read the full report online.

Image via Fairfax County Fire and Rescue/Twitter

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Flood Warning, Wind Advisory in Effect — The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for small streams in central Fairfax County that is in effect until 9:30 a.m. A Wind Advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. [National Weather Service]

McLean Assisted Living Resident, Employees Have COVID-19 — “An Arleigh Burke Pavilion Assisted Living resident at McLean’s Vinson Hall Retirement Community tested positive for the new coronavirus, which causes COVID-19 illness, the community announced Saturday. Three employees also tested positive, and an additional employee is under investigation as a potential case.” [Patch]

Governor Signs New Election Laws — “New laws signed by Gov. Ralph Northam over the weekend will end Virginia’s voter ID law, make Election Day a state holiday and allow no-excuse absentee voting.” [Inside NoVa]

Merrifield Apartment Fire — On Saturday, Fairfax County firefighters extinguished a fire reportedly in the laundry room of an apartment in the 2700 block of Keystone Lane. [Fairfax County Fire and Rescue/Twitter]

Local Daycare Face COVID-19 Challenges — “The state’s new rules for in-home daycare put both parents and providers in a bind, but some local in-home providers are striving to work within the guidelines and stay in business.” [Falls Church News-Press]

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Here are the latest stories about the Tysons area that the Tysons Reporter team has been reading:

The Books Are Back — “The Mary Riley Styles Public Library’s temporary location in Falls Church [opened] this Monday, March 9 at 9:30 a.m. The trailers outside of Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, 160 S. Oak St. will be home to the library while its permanent location on N. Virginia Ave. undergoes an expansion and renovation.” [Falls Church News-Press]

Firefighters Honor Owner of Little City’s Oldest Business — “On Friday, we presented Brown’s Hardware in Falls Church with a fire helmet honoring Mr. Hugh Brown… Mr. Brown’s father, Horace E. Brown, was one of the original trustees of the Falls Church Volunteer Fire Department in 1925, and we can think of no better place to say ‘thank you’ than at Brown’s Hardware Store, our city’s oldest business at 127 years old, founded by Hugh’s grandfather in 1883.” [Falls Church Volunteer Fire Department/Facebook]

McLean Group Reviews Tysons Redevelopment Plan — “The McLean Citizens Association board of directors got down to business quickly March 4, approving resolutions that touched on a redevelopment proposal and a proposed county-government plan amendment… The MCA board approved a resolution supporting plans by the Tamares Group to convert the former Gannett/USA Today headquarters building at 7950 Jones Branch Drive in Tysons into a commercial building with restaurants, retail, conference spaces and a fitness center.” [Inside NoVa]

New Coronavirus Cases in NoVa — “The Virginia Department of Health announced Monday night that two Virginia residents, the wife of the patient in Fairfax City and an unrelated patient in Spotsylvania County, have tested presumptive positive for the coronavirus COVID-19.” [Inside NoVa]

Small Fire at Tysons High-Rise — Sprinklers extinguished a “small fire” on the 11th floor of a high-rise in Tysons in the 1500 block of Anderson Road on Friday, March 6. [Fairfax County Fire and Rescue/Twitter]

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Fire investigators say an accidental “electrical event” sparked a McLean house fire earlier this week, resulting in millions of dollars worth of damage and displacing seven people.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue said today that the fire started in the basement and was discovered after one of the people in the house heard a crackling noise.

“The fire was caused by an electrical event with the wiring to the air handler,” according to the fire department. “This then spread to ordinary combustibles in close proximity.”

The three-alarm fire in the 800 block of Dolley Madison Blvd prompted Route 123 to temporarily close on Monday (March 2).

Damage from the fire is worth approximately $3,523,850, and seven people, who declined Red Cross assistance, were displaced, the fire department said.

More from the fire department:

Units arrived on the scene of a large two and a half story, single-family home with smoke showing. Crews located fire between first and second floor that was extending upward. A second alarm was requested which included two units from Montgomery County Fire and Rescue.

Firefighters continued with an interior fire attack but were faced with numerous remodeled areas in home with void and inaccessible spaces. Fire continued up into the attic and began to extend through the roof. A third alarm was requested.

Units evacuated the home and master streams and handlines were used to continue extinguishment from outside. One civilian was transported to a hospital for evaluation. No firefighter injuries were reported.

Seven occupants were home at the time of the fire. The fire was discovered when one of the occupants heard a loud noise described as crackling. She then saw smoke coming from the light switch and outlets on the top floor.

Smoke alarms sounded after the fire was discovered. Another occupant noted fire in the basement and attempted to extinguish it unsuccessfully. All occupants self-evacuated prior to fire department arrival.

Photo via Fairfax County Fire and Rescue/Twitter

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