July 25, 2005
Sunday July 3, 2005, Fairfax County Fire Department
responded to a four-alarm fire that was in progress
at the Timberlane Village Garden Condominiums located
on Lee Highway. Firefighters saw fire visible from the
front and sides of the condominiums on several floors
and were able to bring this fire under control in about
50 minutes. Furthermore, investigations yielded that
the fire was an accident that stemmed from a natural-gas
furnace located on the third floor. Of the 100 residents,
living at Timberlane, dozens of residents were displaced
and one resident was hospitalized due to serious burns.
have recounted some facts that invoke some thought and
sadness in most of us. I would now like to talk about
some of the perseverance and resilience of the human
spirit - the hero in us. Some of the heroes in this
unfortunate incident lost much and some of them stepped
up and offered a hand of humanity. They are the following:
Rajesh Thanju, who heard an explosion, called 911,
and then proceeded to knock on his neighbor's doors,
and finally, yelling from the courtyard for his neighbors
to get out of their homes and to safety. Mr. and Mrs.
Islam who had recently renovated their home that burnt
Bob Anderson who came to my office to use the telephone
and left with a handful of "222 - Need Help?"
flyer to be distributed to others.
Timber Lane Elementary School and the PTA who set
up temporary shelter at the school for families with
Red Cross and our own Systems Management for Human
based community and leaders in the community who set
up a discussion table together with some of the folks
already mentioned, who came up with further solutions.
last but not least, the Fire Departments that responded
from the following localities: Fairfax and Arlington
County, City of Alexandria and Fairfax City.
Chairman, I would therefore ask for the Board's unanimous
support in asking the heroes of the Timberlane Fire
to come before the Board to be honored and be recognized
for their spirit of perseverance and resilience at the
September 12, 2005 meeting.