Tysons, VA

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

Fundraiser For Timber Lane PTA — “The Community Charity Champions philanthropic arm of HBC Group of Keller Williams Realty will host a fund-raiser for the Timber Lane Elementary School PTA on Tuesday, March 10.” [Inside NoVa]

No July Fourth Falls Church Fireworks — “The City of Falls Church announced [Monday] that its 40-year tradition of an Independence Day fireworks show will be suspended this year due to the construction on the new George Mason High School currently taking place. The City says it plans for the fireworks to return in 2021.” [Falls Church News-Press]

Fire Guts McLean Home, Closes Route 123 — Last night shortly before 7 p.m., a three-alarm fire in a McLean home prompted Route 123 to close. [Tysons Reporter]

Students Getting Glass Recycled — “Two enterprising George Mason High School students, junior Jonathan Oppenheimer and freshman Danny Oppenheimer, have started a glass recycling service for City of Falls Church residents in response to the City’s announcement that it would no longer collect glass in its weekly recycling pick-up service.” [Falls Church News-Press]

Today, voting is underway for the Democratic primary today:

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Update at 10:30 p.m. — The fire is under control, the fire department says.

Update at 7:55 p.m. — The fire has gone through the roof of the house, the fire department tweeted. Route 123 is still closed. All of the occupants are safe, a second tweet said. 

Earlier: Firefighters are working to extinguish a house fire in McLean that has caused the closure of Route 123.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue tweeted about the fire in the 800 block of Dolley Madison Blvd shortly before 7 p.m.

The fire department tweeted that the fire is located in the basement.

The Metropolitan Area Transportation Operations Coordination (MATOC) Program tweeted around 6:30 p.m. that all of Route 123’s lanes in both directions near the GW Parkway are blocked due to the fire.

Photo via Fairfax County Fire and Rescue/Twitter and map via Google Maps

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Updated 2/11/2020 — City of Falls Church Fire Official Henry Lane determined the house fire was accidental and caused roughly $150,000 in damages, according to a press release from the city.

Earlier: A house fire that broke out earlier today in the City of Falls Church near the Thomas Jefferson Elementary School is under investigation.

Firefighters from Arlington County responded to the fire in a single-family house in the 400 block of S. Oak Street shortly before noon today.

One person in the house self-evacuated and was taken to a local hospital, according to a press release from the city. “Their condition is not known at this time,” the cit said.

Parents are asked to use the rear entrance of the school until further notice, according to the city, which noted that the fire did not threaten the school building.

Lane closures around S. Oak Street near West Broad Street and Seaton Avenue were resolved shortly after 2 p.m.

The Arlington County Fire Department is investigating the cause of the fire, according to a tweet.

Images via City of Falls Church

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Fire investigators say construction workers, who did not have the proper permits, caused a fire at a house just north of Wolf Trap on Monday (Jan. 27).

The fire broke out in a wall space of a two-story, single family house in the 9400 block of Shouse Drive.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue said in an update today (Wednesday) that the fire started by accident when construction workers using a torch to repair an exterior faucet ignited combustible materials within wall space on the first floor.

“Three occupants were home at the time of the fire,” the fire department said. “A worker discovered the fire and the homeowner called 9-1-1. Smoke alarms were present and sounded after the fire was discovered.”

The contractor was issued a Notice of Violation for conducting hot works operations without the required permit, the fire department said.

The fire caused approximately $20,000 worth of damage.

The fire department said that no injuries were reported and no one was displaced.

Map via Google Maps

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Updated at 10:55 a.m. — The fire department tweeted that the fire was out by 10:53 a.m. “No reported injuries at this time,” the tweet said. 

Earlier: Firefighters are working to extinguish a fire that broke out in a house just north of Wolf Trap this morning (Monday).

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue tweeted about the fire in the 9400 block of Shouse Drive shortly after 10:30 a.m.

“Smoke showing from [the] front,” the tweet said. “Crews working to extinguish [the] fire.”

Map via Google Maps

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Fire department officials say a fire at the Shell gas station in the Falls Church area started by accident in the attic.

The fire broke out yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon at 6519 Arlington Blvd.

“Owner observed smoke in attic and called 911,” Fairfax County Fire and Rescue tweeted today (Wednesday).

A malfunction in the oil furnace caused the fire, according to the fire department.

No injuries have been reported and fire caused $10,000 worth of damage, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue said.

Photos via Fairfax County Fire and Rescue/Twitter

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Updated 2:30 p.m. — The fire is now out, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue tweeted around 1:30 p.m. “No reported injuries at this time,” the tweet said. “Fire investigators on scene to determine cause.”

Earlier: A fire has broken out in a building’s chimney in the Falls Church area today (Tuesday).

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue tweeted about the incident shortly before 12:30 p.m.

“Units on scene of a fire in [a] chimney with extension into the structure in the 6500 block of Arlington Blvd,” the tweet said.

Image via Fairfax County Fire and Rescue/Twitter, map via Google Maps

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Fire investigators say a dishwasher caused a townhouse fire in the Tysons area yesterday morning.

The fire in the 2000 block of Meadow Springs Drive displaced two residents and killed one family dog.

“No occupants were home at the time of the fire,” Fairfax County Fire and Rescue said in an update today (Tuesday). “The fire was discovered by a neighbor who saw smoke coming from the house.”

The fire department said that the residents accepted Red Cross assistance.

The fire started by accident in the kitchen and involved an unattended operating dishwasher, according to the fire department.

The fire resulted in approximately $187,500 worth of damage.

Image via Fairfax County Fire and Rescue/Twitter

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