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Fire Rips Through Glebe Road Paint Store

by ARLnow.com April 19, 2011 at 9:18 am 4,201 33 Comments

A fire broke out at the Duron Paint store near the corner of Glebe Road and Lee Highway this morning.

The Arlington County Fire Department responded to the store around 6:30 a.m. after a passerby saw smoke and called 911. Firefighters had the bulk of the fire knocked within 10 minutes, according to department spokesperson Lt. Gregg Karl.

The paint store suffered “pretty significant damage” from the flames, while two adjacent businesses in the same shopping plaza — Papa John’s pizza and Cardinal Bank — suffered smoke damage. All three businesses are expected to remain closed at least through today, although it may take much longer for the paint store to reopen.

A hazardous materials team was called to the scene to assist with the cleanup inside the Duron store. The county fire marshal’s office is investigating the cause of the fire.

Photos courtesy Jamie N.

  • Thes

    There seems to be a word missing in this article. “At least through…”?

  • Ben

    That explains all the noise I heard this morning around that time….

  • In an unrelated story, tonight Papa John’s is offering a special on eggshell white smoked pizza.

    • Tabby


  • Rick

    Seeme to be a solution to the lack of papa johns as well. Where am I going to get my bacon and extra cheese pizza now???

  • Cakes

    I remember when there was a Sizzler in that little shopping complex…

    • Wasn’t there a Church’s too?

      • Bluemontsince1961

        I think Church’s came after Sizzler was gone.

    • Bluemontsince1961

      That Sizzler was great for a good but cheap dinner. My dad and I used to eat there a lot when I was home from college. The food was always good and the price was right. Sizzler, the old Wah Ying next that was next to CVS in Lyon Village Shopping Center (Spout Run & Lee Highway), and the South Pacific in the old Parkington.

      • Westover

        I loved the South Pacific, although I was probably 6 at the oldest when it closed. Fuzzy but fond memories…

        • Bluemontsince1961

          The South Pacific had great drinks. My dad used to get a Mai Tai whenever we went there. Once I was legal, I had one there too! Sure made a body feel good! Their Bora Bora Fire Steak was great!

      • edobson

        the relatives (children and grand children) of the owners of the South Pacific run the Peking Duck at Culmore. Mention that you went to the South Pacific and they are extra extra nice to you. No Suffering Bastards though at Peking Gourmet.

        • Bluemontsince1961

          Thanks for the tip, edobson. I remember that drink, the “suffering bastard”, but I never had the gumption to order one.

        • Henry Spencer

          Maybe PG has changed the menu, but Suffering Bastards used to be on the drink list in the front. “Name is bad, drink is good”

        • edobson22207

          wasn’t old enough to have one. and I don’t remember seeing it at Peking Gourmet (sorry about the wrong name, but Peking Duck/peking Gourmet — all the same).
          But that is a reason to go have one — for old’ times’ sake.

      • G::TheNativeArlingtonian

        Yay, Wah Yings! Many a good dinner there with my folks as a child. And I always wondered about the South Pacific but was never old enough before it was torn down. I did spend many an afternoon in my friend’s dad’s stained glass shop in the same strip of Parkington.

        • Bluemontsince1961

          I had my first Chinese food at Wah Ying’s when I was around 6 or 7. Like most kids, I was very picky about vegetables, but if it was Wah Ying’s, I ate them up without picking or fussing. I theorized years later that there were two reasons: 1) They used real, fresh veggies instead of the canned stuff my mother used to “cook”; 2) They put enough good seasonings/sauces on the veggies to kill the taste of them so I could eat them!

        • Skeptical

          You didn’t miss anything at South Pacific. Basically they drowned everything in toasted coconut.

          I remember when Wah Ying was the only Chinese food this side of the river (Confucius Kitchen never really counted at any point in history). The owner used to come over and chat up our table.

    • edobson

      This little shopping center used to be a free standing Church’s Chicken. Before that it was a Mobil Gas Station and auto repair.
      The Sizzler was next door where the Credit Union is now located. Prior to that I think it was a Ponderosa Steak House. And before that it was the Glebe Movie Theater. Wouldn’t it be nice to have the movie theater back?

      • Bluemontsince1961

        I miss that old movie theater, and also the one in Buckingham. My dad took me to many a movie at both when I was a kid. When “Gone with the Wind” played at the old Glebe theater around 1970 or 1971, we went to see it. Good story, but it was l-o-n-g.

  • anon2

    maybe this is a sign to give that shopping center an overhaul – in fact that whole corner needs to be redone.

    • DT

      The small strip where the fire happened isn’t on a corner and it isn’t really that old either.

    • CarsSuck

      this just proves the point that we need to widen I-66 already!

      • ChrisG


  • NArl

    I am happy that the road was wide enough to get the fire trucks to the scene. Lets hope this doesn’t happen in lion villiage, or lion park.

  • cj

    And the deer escaped — to I-66.

  • Steve

    Drove by on my way to work. Was very surprised at how little this was affecting traffic considering they had Glebe blocked off at Lee going south. Northbound appeared to have 1 lane open.

    Im going to go with an electrical fire caused by faulty wiring. That or an angry customer whos paint wasnt mixed well enough and ruined their home improvement project.

  • FireMarshallBill

    I’ll decide how it originated, thanks for your John Q Public hypothesis.

    • John Goilios

      @FireMarshallBill, there is only one ‘L’ in Fire Marshal. But nice try…

      • FireMarshallBill

        the tailor misspelled the title on my uniform, so I’ll keep it with two L’s until it’s corrected.

        • Tabby

          Good comeback.

          When I lived in a share house in the late 90s, I bought pale pink from this paint store.

  • Wow reminds me of an incident in Toronto with a paint store burning down here.. crazy stuff!


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