Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Richard Bowers Jr. is currently fire chief of Montgomery County, Md.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors appointed Richard Bowers Jr. the county’s new fire chief Tuesday afternoon. Bowers will leave his current position as fire chief in Montgomery County, Md., which he has held since 2008. He has served in the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service for more than 35 years. Bowers take over for Ronald Mastin, who plans to retire from the Fairfax County Fire Department on May 7. Bowers’ appointment is effective April 29. After his appointment, Bowers told Patch one of his priorities would be community outreach and fire prevention. “I think the most important thing is that I’m their fire chief,” he said, referring to Fairfax County residents. “We’re going to use every available means to get the word out …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue units responded to a house fire at 8134 Carr Place in Springfield Thursday morning. There were no civilian or personnel injuries. According to Capt. William Moreland of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, units arrived on scene at approximately 10 a.m. to find heavy flames coming from the garage area of the home. There was some extension into the main part of the home, but firefighters were able to attack the fire and get it under control before it could spread further. Three adults and two animals have been displaced. It is not yet known how much damage was done to the home or if the owners have accepted Red Cross assistance. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Smoking materials ignited into a blaze.
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue quickly extinguished a garage fire Tuesday afternoon in the 6700 block of Bellamy Avenue in West Springfield. At around 2:45 p.m., homeowner Jane Croskery and her daughter were about to leave the house, and extinguished their cigarettes, when trash in the garage caught fire. Fire officials responded quickly and extinguished the blaze within minutes. "We're just glad that not much was damaged," said Croskery, who has lived in the home for more than 40 years. "It's the first time something like this has ever happened." Chief Thomas Grailing of the Fairfax County Fire Department estimated the damages at about $5,000. "By the time you re-dry the walls, repaint the inside of the home because of smoke damage, it'll…
Thursday, January 24, 2013
The Washington Gas company is currently on scene to repair the valve.
A snow plow broke the valve off of a propane tank on Premier Court in Burke this morning, causing a small leak. Units arrived on scene shortly before 8 a.m. to monitor the situation and ensure there was no harm to residents, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department spokesman Dan Schmidt said. The small leak is now under control, he said. Representatives from Washington Gas are currently on scene to repair the leak. Schmidt did not indicate how long the repair would take.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
No one was home when the fire started.
A two-alarm fire that destroyed a townhouse Thursday off of Roberts Road in Fairfax has sent one Fairfax County firefighter to the hospital with minor burns. At around 1:30 p.m., Fairfax County Fire and Rescue were called to the 5400 block of Cheshire Meadows Way in Fairfax, and found the front and back of a townhouse engulfed in flames. Firefighters had the fire under control within 10 minutes. "No one was home at the time of the incident," said Capt. William Moreland of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department. The fire appears to have started in the basement and investigators are on the scene to determine the cause. It is not clear how many people were displaced because of the blaze, or if neighboring homes were damaged.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Severe thunderstorms sweep across Fairfax County Thursday night.
Lightning struck a West Springfield home Thursday night catching its attic on fire, a spokesman from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue has confirmed. As thunderstorms rolled through Fairfax County, lightning struck the house at about 9 p.m. Thursday on Adrienne Glen Avenue in West Springfield, leaving behind an attic fire and a damaged chimney, according to the spokesman. Fairfax County Fire and Rescue quickly responded and put out the fire. No one was injured and there was no estimate on damage yet, he said. The home is located in a neighborhood near Fairfax County Parkway and Sydenstricker Road in Fairfax County. The call came in at 9:05 p.m. The spokesman said he was uncertain whether the residents would be displaced by the damage to the …
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Partnering with local barbers and businesses, Fairfax County Firefighters provided free haircuts for back-to school.
The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department partnered with Progressive Firefighters of Fairfax County, Apple Federal Credit Union, Gum Springs Community Center and local barbers to provide free back-to-school haircuts for kids. "When we're not running 911 emergencies, we're trying to find other ways to get out in the community," said Captain Willie Bailey. "There are places in the county where parents can't afford to take their kids to get a new haircut for school, so we just think it's the right thing to do to make sure they start off school just like everybody else," he said.
Saturday, August 25, 2012
The fire, which displaced two adults and injured two firefighters, has been ruled accidental.
Update Monday, Aug. 27 at 4:40 p.m.: Fire investigators have determined that unattended food on the stove caused Saturday night's accidental fire at 6605 Forsythia St. in Springfield. According to a news release, more than 60 firefighters were sent to the scene after the Incident Commander and first units on scene saw heavy smoke and fire coming from two sides of the home, elevating the fire to a second alarm.It took firefighters approximately 30 minutes to get the fire under control. Two firefighters were taken to a nearby hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Damage to the home is estimated at $200,000 and the two adults who were displaced have accepted Red Cross assistance, the release further states. -- A two-alarm fire in …
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Ethan Ellert's project benefited the station and earned him his Eagle Scout rank.
W.T. Woodson senior Ethan Ellert received a Citizen Recognition Award from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Station 32 in Fairfax Station for his landscaping project. Battalion Fire Chief Larry Everett recently presented Ellert the award. "Ethan designed the garden, obtained funds for the plants and materials, recruited and organized 25 volunteers and completed the project prior to the 10 year anniversary of 9-11," said Station 32 Commander Captain Robert Konczal. "Ethan also provided and dedicated a memorial plaque and bench to the first responders who responded to the terrorist attacks that fateful day," he said. The project helped Ethan earn his Eagle Scout rank, the highest possible in boy scouts.
Friday, August 10, 2012
Thursday's early morning blaze completely destroyed the newly installed structure.
Residents of the Lake Braddock townhome community on Harford Lane and Tibbit Lane in Burke saw flames from their windows early Thursday morning, as the playground in the courtyard burned. Fairfax County Fire and Rescue responded to the call at about 1 a.m. Department spokesman Captain Bill Moreland said investigators were on the scene throughout the day. Damage estimates are still to be determined. A spokesperson for The Lake Braddock Community Association said the playground had just been installed at the beginning of the summer. The fire's intensity completely destroyed the equipment. Earlier this week, Fairfax County fire investigators reported they'd charged a male juvenile with setting a fire capable of spreading and carelessly …