Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department
4100 Chain Bridge Rd, Fairfax, Virginia 22030
Phone: 703-246-3801, TTY: 711 and Fax:703-385-1687
Duty PIO (Weekends/After-hours): 703-280-0694
Media Information Line: 703-324-3000
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a commercial fire at approximately 8:40 p.m., Thursday, September 11, 2008, in the Huntington area of Fairfax County. The under construction four-story hotel, Spring Hill Marriot Suites, is located at 6065 Richmond Highway.
Firefighters encountered the hotel fully engulfed in flames with heavy black smoke coming from the roof upon arrival. Firefighters fought the fire from a defensive mode, protecting nearby exposed buildings including other hotels and an apartment complex. The intensity of the fire and wind conditions caused burning embers to land on the roof of an eight-story apartment building and a nearby three-story hotel across Richmond Highway resulting in minor damage. Flying embers caused several brush fires and large trees to catch fire. The Incident Commander subsequently struck a third fire alarm bringing over 100 emergency personnel to the scene.
The bulk of the fire was knocked down in approximately 30 minutes. The fire was brought under control in approximately 80 minutes. One firefighter was flown to the Washington Hospital Center with non-life threatening injuries and later released. The hotel was in the middle stages of construction, and was framed and under roof. Additionally, a large Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) electronic sign was severely damaged from the radiant heat of the fire.
Damage is estimated at $2 million.
According to fire investigators, the fire is under investigation.
For more information, call Daniel L. Schmidt or Lieutenant Raúl G. Castillo, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, 703-246-3801 and TTY: 711. Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request.