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BREAKING NEWS — Gas-Fed Fire in Clarendon Neighborhood

by ARLnow.com February 11, 2011 at 2:04 pm 3,068 23 Comments

Update at 3:22 p.m. — The gas has been shut off the fire is out. Residents in the area can expect to be without natural gas for some time. Earlier:

A gas-fed fire is burning near the intersection of 12th Street and North Cleveland Street in Clarendon. Washington Gas has brought in heavy equipment in an effort to shut off the gas that’s fueling the flames.

The fire was apparently sparked after construction workers who were installing streetlights ruptured a gas line. Eight-foot high flames have been shooting up from the sidewalk since about 1:45 p.m. A construction vehicle is stranded next to the flames, but no structures are on fire.

Firefighters are on the scene spraying water on the flames to keep the vehicle’s gas tank from exploding. Police have shut down numerous streets. Firefighters have pushed the growing crowd, including Arlington Office of Emergency Management employees, farther back from the scene as a gas smell becomes more pervasive in the area.

Gas company workers, who had been trying to shut off the gas by turning ground valves, are now using a backhoe in an apparent attempt to reach a shutoff valve.

  • SoArlRes

    Love the money shot of ACFD looking badass! Well done, guys!

    • brendan

      perhaps some photoshopping to come. unfortunately no editing software on this comp.

      • brendan

        have they figured out the cause?

        • Anon

          “Fiiire!!” “Yeees!!” “Uh huh huh…huh, this rules…”

  • CW

    I’m assuming you’re joking? Or referring to the position of the hose…between the legs?

    • SoArlRes

      Guess it sounded bad. Meant something like what “Dude Where’s My Car” posted at 2:47

      • 22205

        Well the dudes walking away are Washington Gas guys, not ACFD.

      • CW

        Ah, ok. But I think that’s the utility workers, not ACFD, right?

        • V Dizzle

          Yes, that’s a WGL crew (see the WGL hardhats and flame retardant jump-suits).

  • Josh

    “Gas company workers are turning various valves in the ground, trying to shut off the gas.”

    …how can you not laugh?

    • V Dizzle

      Sorry, don’t get it. After they close the valve(s), the gas in the lines has to be left to burn so it may take an hour or more.

      • Josh

        turning various valves, almost sounds like it’s at random… i’m sure it’s not but yea

  • Dude Where’s My Car

    Love the walking-away-from-explosion trope. (as seen in the movies. See also Unflinching Walk.)

  • Overgrown Bush

    Very cool pics. Hope all handle the situation safely.

  • bob

    I knew those damn LED streetlights were going to end badly…

    • Lou

      I agree. They’re too damn bright, too.

      • Lou

        Also, “neighnorhood”?

      • Arlingtonian2


      • CJR

        I don’t mind brighter street lights with what seems to be consistent auto break-ins in the neighborhood. Any deterrent will help. Granted, my car was broken into between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. in Clarendon near the metro.

  • My footage is loading to youtube right now. http://www.youtube.com/novapj

  • LaceyForest

    I can’t believe one of the FFs has the hose between his legs. I was taught never to do that. If the pump stumbles you can get a pressure shock which can cause the hose to kick. Doesn’t happen a lot, but once is enough.


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