Sixty Displaced By Three Alarm Fair Lakes Apartment Fire

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This is a news release from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department published verbatim.

On Thursday, March 7, at approximately 11:22 a.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department and the City of Fairfax Fire Department were dispatched for a reported apartment fire in the 12300 block of Oak Creek Lane in the Fair Lakes area of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on the scene of a three-story, garden apartment and observed smoke coming from the third floor and roof. Crews quickly deployed several fire hose lines and began battling the fire. Additional firefighters initiated a search of the apartments to ensure all occupants were out. A second alarm was requested.

Crews discovered that there was some extension of the fire into the attic. A third alarm was immediately requested to bring additional resources to the scene. The fire was brought under control. Three firefighter injuries were reported. Two were transported to an area hospital for evaluation. There were no reported civilian injuries.

The fire was discovered by a tenant who was asleep in his unit on the third floor when his smoke alarm sounded. Unable to locate a fire in his apartment, the tenant opened his front door and discovered the fire on the lower level exterior wall. He called 9-1-1 and self-evacuated prior to the arrival of the fire department.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started on the exterior wall of the building. The cause of the fire was hot work (welding) that ignited ordinary combustibles in close proximity.

Sixty occupants were displaced because of the fire. Fire and Rescue staff and the Red Cross worked with property management on assisting the displaced residents. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $367,188.

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