Fire heavily damages Mount Vernon garden apartments

FCFD command post

Fire investigators blame a faulty furnace flue for a blaze that burned through the roof of a garden apartment building in the 8400 block of Richmond Highway Saturday evening.

First units to arrive reported a well-advanced fire in the building’s attic.  The blaze went to two alarms before it was brought under control.

More than 65 occupants were displaced from 12 apartments.  One person was taken to a hospital for a check up.

Investigators believe that heat escaping from a damaged section of a natural gas furnace flue ignited combustibles in the attic.  Damage is estimated at about $227,500.



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Ed Tobias brings more than four decades of reporting and news management experience to his work at FairfaxNews. Tobias managed news coverage for Associated Press Radio for over twenty years.  This included coverage of the 9/11 attacks, the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina, the death of Princess Diana, the Challenger and Columbia shuttle disasters and national election primaries, conventions and campaigns.  He was part of the team that built AP’s on-line video operation. Prior to joining AP, Tobias was News Director at all-news WTOP in Washington, D.C. He has won two Ohio State Awards for his reporting and producing and he led coverage that won an Edward R. Murrow Award.