Firefighters Rescue Two in Garden Apartment Fire (Fire Intentionally Set)

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

News Release 15-02
Date:  January 5, 2015

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a garden apartment fire, Sunday, January 4, 2015, at approximately 1:55 p.m., in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County. The garden apartment is located at 4903 Zircon Drive.

Firefighters encountered heavy fire and smoke coming from a terrace level apartment in the rear of the three-story apartment upon arrival. The Incident Commander struck a second alarm, bringing approximately 70 firefighters to the scene. Firefighters simultaneously conducted a search and fire attack. Firefighters were able to control the fire and contain the fire to the apartment of origin; however, there was significant water and smoke damage to the upper floors. Firefighters made two ladder rescues from two balconies on separate floors. Eleven adults and four children have been displaced. The occupants are being assisted by the Red Cross. Two occupants were transported to an Alexandria area hospital for non-life threatening injuries. One occupant was transported to the Washington Hospital Burn Center for non-life threatening injuries.

Damage is estimated at $520,000.

According to fire investigators, the fire was intentionally set. The fire continues to be under investigation.

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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