|Fire units at the Evergreen House Feb. 24. [Bob Kovacs]|
A fire at the Evergreen House in Annandale last night was arson, says Capt. Randy Bittinger, spokesperson for the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.
One civilian and one firefighter suffered minor injuries. They were treated in the hospital and released. Only one person – the occupant of the burned apartment – was displaced. Damage is estimated at $30,000. Smoke alarms and sprinklers were activated.
An observer counted about 15 fire vehicles at the scene at about 11 p.m. Whenever there’s a fire at a residential high rise, it’s an automatic two-alarm fire, Bittinger said, so there’s going to be a big response.
The fire department was extremely busy last night during the thunderstorm, responding to a slew of emergencies, including power outages caused by falling trees.