|Residents of Skyline Plaza watch firefighters at work. [FCFRD]|
The two-alarm fire started in the evening in the bedroom of a unit on the 25th floor of the 26-story building and spread to the unit on the floor above, says Deputy Chief Anthony Barrero with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.
People are usually rescued from high-rises via stairwells, but in this case, an elevator was used as it wasn’t near the affected units, Barrero says. The ladders only reach seven stories.
One of the occupants called the fire department after finding smoke in the apartment. There were no smoke detectors. Damage is estimated at $67,000. The origin and cause of the fire are still under investigation.