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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Fire destroys apartment in Lincolnia

A fire at the Morningside Apartments in Lincolnia Sunday afternoon displaced 11 adults and four children.  One apartment was totally destroyed; several others had smoke damage.

One adult female with minor burns was transported to the Burn Center at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Two adult females were taken to Inova Alexandria Hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation, said Deputy Chief James Walsh with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.

Firefighting vehicles by the Grand Mart on Little River Turnpike.
Fire and rescue units responded at approximately 2 p.m. to a fire in a garden-style apartment is at 4903 Zircon Drive near the intersection of Beauregard Street and Little River Turnpike. More than 25 fire and EMS vehicles and 70 firefighters were on the scene from the Fairfax and Alexandria fire departments. Firefighters made two ladder rescues from two balconies on separate floors.

All residents of the affected building were temporarily evacuated until Dominion Power and Washington Gas could restore utilities.

The apartment where the fire started. [Photo by Capt. Bittinger, FCFD]

Three dogs were rescued – a bulldog, chihuahua, and a Yorkie, said Capt. I. Randal Bittinger. A firefighter threw one of the smaller dogs from the third-floor terrace to another firefighter on the ground.

The manager of the Morningside Apartments was trying to find vacant apartments for the displaced residents. The Red Cross is also providing shelter.

UPDATE: The fire was intentionally set, investigators with the Fairfax County Fire Department reported Jan. 5. Damage is estimated at $520,000.

1 comment:

  1. When I lived in a condo, I was slightly terrified of the things that the people I shared walls with could do. How awful. I hope someone gets prosecuted.