Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a structure fire, Tuesday, (June 26, 2012) at approximately 1:20 a.m. in the Reston area of Fairfax County. The structure, consisting of 18 separate condominiums, is located at 11404 Gate Hill Place. Units from Fairfax City and Loudon County also provided assistance.
Firefighters encountered heavy fire and smoke coming from the rear and roof of the large three-story structure upon arrival. The Incident Commander struck second and third fire alarms, bringing over 100 firefighters to the emergency scene. Firefighters conducted an aggressive fire attack despite a partial roof collapse of the structure. Firefighters brought the fire under control in approximately 90 minutes. Total fire extinguishment took over two hours.
Fire alarms activated throughout the structure, allowing occupants to escape without injury.
Nine of the 18 condominiums were affected by the fire. Five units suffered major fire, smoke, and water damage, and four other units received light to moderate damage. The remaining nine units were able to reoccupy their homes after electricity was restored. Approximately 18 occupants have been displaced. Red Cross and the Office of Emergency Management were on scene to provide assistance. One occupant was treated at the scene by paramedics and later released.
Damage is expected to be more than $1 million.
The fire is under investigation.