Tree falls onto power lines, starts fire in Vienna building

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News release from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue

Thursday’s high winds are to blame for a fire in a Vienna building, according to Fairfax County Fire & Rescue.

The fire began shortly before 12:30 p.m. in a two-story commercial building in the 100 block of Church Street NE in Vienna.

Firefighters said smoke was visible at the rear of the building when they arrived and a second alarm was sounded. Strong winds and live electrical equipment complicated their efforts but firefighters brought the fire under control without injury.

Seven employees were inside the building when a passerby noticed smoke around the outside electrical meter and notified 9-1-1. All employees escaped before firefighters arrived.

Fire investigators determined the fire was caused when a large tree fell onto power lines servicing the building. This resulted in a power surge within the electrical panel located in the basement.

No one was displaced because of the fire. Damage was about $25,000.