Fairfax County fire investigators say an electrical problem of some sort sparked the blaze that heavily damaged Fire Station 26 in Springfield overnight Saturday night.
A dozen firefighters were awakened by the building’s fire alarm, set off by a fire in the cab of the station’s rescue squad vehicle. The station Captain evacuated the station and notified 911. He then coordinated removal of the foam unit, fire engine, and medic unit from the building. The firefighters then turned to attacking the blaze in the apparatus bay.
No one was hurt but part of the apparatus bay collapsed and the fire station is expected to be out of service for about a week while repairs are made.
Fire Investigators have determined that the fire originated in the left front cab of the rescue squad and involved an electrical problem in the vehicle, but they haven’t found its exact source.