Two teens charged in Marco Polo fire

fire photoVienna firefighters battle the Marco Polo blaze. (VFD photo by Charles Frey via Facebook)

News release from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department has charged two juveniles in connection with a fire that occurred on October 14 in the Vienna section of Fairfax County.

The 14 year-old Vienna resident and 13 year-old Reston resident were each charged with three arson-related countds and are being held at the Fairfax County Juvenile Detention Center.

These charges are the result of a cooperative investigation conducted by the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department’s Fire Marshal’s Office, Vienna Police Department, and Fairfax County Police Department.

On October 14, at approximately 1:35 pm, units responded for reports of a fire in a two-story building in the 200 block of Maple Avenue West. Crews arrived to find a well-advanced fire engulfing the building. A second alarm was immediately called and the fire was eventually brought under control. There were no reported firefighter or civilian injuries.

The building was vacant at the time of the fire. It had last been occupied by the Marco Polo restaurant. A passerby saw black smoke coming from the roof and called 911.

After an investigation, fire investigators determined that the fire was incendiary in nature. The building is considered a total loss. Damages are estimated at $25,000.

Additional charges from Vienna Police Department and the Fairfax County Police Department are related to the September 9 vandalism of several buses in the rear parking lot of the Marco Polo building and the November 4 vandalism of two historic government buildings near Lahey Lost Valley Park.