Accidental McLean Assisted Living Home Fire

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

News Release 12-72
Date:  September 28, 2012

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to an assisted living home fire, Thursday, September 28, 2012, at approximately 9:50 a.m., in the McLean area of Fairfax County. The home, the Arleigh Burke Pavilion, part of the Vinson Hall Retirement Community, is located at 1739 Kirby Road.

Firefighters encountered heavy smoke on the first floor of the two-story structure upon arrival. Firefighters evacuated the approximately 50 plus residents and staff. Firefighters used four medic units and an ambulance bus to shelter the residents nearby. Firefighters determined the heavy smoke was coming from inside the walls of the laundry room on the first floor and extinguished the smoldering fire. Firefighters placed multiple heavy duty fans throughout the structure to ventilate and to allow for reoccupation. A portion of the structure was under renovation with ongoing construction activity near the laundry room area. All residents and staff returned to the home by approximately 11:30 a.m. There were no injuries.

Damage is estimated at $100,000.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. A construction worker using a cutting torch near an exterior wall caused the fire.

For more information, call Daniel L. Schmidt or Captain I Randal Bittinger,
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, 703-246-3801 and TTY: 711.
Duty PIO (Weekends/After-hours): 703-877-3702
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