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Fire at the Carlton Condos on Four Mile Run Drive

by ARLnow.com | December 21, 2010 at 1:19 pm | 1,339 views | 11 Comments

Firefighters are on the scene of a fire on the second floor of the Carlton condominium at 4600 South Four Mile Run Drive.

Firefighters are reporting that there was a kitchen fire in one of the units. The blaze is now under control, we hear.

There was heavy smoke on the building’s second floor when firefighters arrived.

Update at 1:30 p.m. — So far, no injuries have been reported. The building is being ventilated. Police have shut down some streets in the area.

Update at 2:25 p.m. — There was possible water damage reported on the first floor, as a result of the effort to extinguish the fire. So far, however, the Red Cross has not been called, and it sounds like few, if any, families will be displaced.

Update at 2:30 p.m. — Four Mile Run Drive has reopened. Firefighters from Arlington, Alexandria and Fairfax County were all on the scene, since the building is near the border with each.

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  • SinSA

    Hopefully not the unit directly below mine! Just called the management and was told all is under control and no injuries, etc.

  • TGEoA

    Smoke on the water! DUH DUH DUH DUH DUH DUUUH DUH DUH DUH

  • Aaron

    I notice one of the photos has an Alexandria truck, do they do a lot of mutual assistance with ACFD?

    • 4mile

      Yes, in that area of the county Alexandria and Fairfax provide a lot of Mutual Assistance, just as the ACFD Stations 1,5,7,9 on the south end of the county do the same for them, and on the north end 3 and 6 run into McLean a lot. Northern Virginia does a great job with mutual aid.

      • SoArlRes

        Its very comforting to have cross-county agreements so assets are available like that. Awesome feeling knowing that someone will get there quick!

  • Carmen

    I am glad there were no injuries. My dentist is located on the first floor of that building.

  • Nikki Smith

    I was the one who called in the fire. It was the unit below me and I think GOD i was home because I have a puppy and I was about to go the store. Smoke engulfed my living room and kitchen in a matter of seconds. It was a brand new kitchen in the unit below me and that is what caused the fire. Oddly enough, I called 911 and i was directed to Alexandria, reason why Alexandria Trucks were there. Im just glad that there are no injuries and everyone is safe!

    • arlingtonguy

      Nikki,
      Arlington County Fire Department, Fairfax County Fire Department, and Alexandria City Fire Department all have mutual aid agreements. This means that all fire departments support each other and agree to supply the closest fire department engine, ambulance, fire truck to the call (doesn’t matter where it is from or where the emergency is). As a resident, I like this and believe it is in the best interest of us, Arlington County Residents, to get the closest available fire department apparatus possible to get to the emergency as fast as possible (as you can tell, it took about 3 minutes before fire department services arrived to the complex). Also, your call was taken and entered by the Arlington County 911 Emergency Center. All records are public information under the freedom of information act.

  • DT

    Good luck with the clean up. That’s the worst part of fires. Putting it out causes more damage than the fire itself. Get your own insurance company involved to protect yourself in case the responsible party or your management company try to short you.

    • .

      The damage from the water is only greater than from the fire itself when the fire is put out in time. Renters insurance should cover possessions while the owners insurance should cover the repairs to the apartment and cover any temp relocation costs. When someone says that the water damage will be worse than the fire damage it deters some people from calling 911 when they have a problem. Do that and you WILL have more damage from the fire than the water. Nikki did a great job calling 911!

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