BREAKING NEWS — One Killed in Ft. Myer Heights Fire

by ARLnow.com May 27, 2011 at 10:55 am 4,376 14 Comments

(Updated at 1:20 p.m.) A man was killed in a two-alarm fire at the Prospect House condominiums (1200 N. Nash Street) in Ft. Myer Heights last night, authorities have confirmed.

Fire broke out in a third floor condo around 11:20 p.m. Firefighters arriving at the scene reported heavy smoke and flames. One victim was found in the apartment and transported to George Washington University Hospital. He was later pronounced dead.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze relatively quickly, said ACFD spokesman Lt. Gregg Karl. There was significant damage to one apartment and some smoke damage to nearby units.

The victim has been identified as 77-year-old Frederick Cole, the sole occupant of the apartment that caught fire.

“The fire investigation is ongoing, but it does not appear to be suspicious at this time,” authorities said in a statement.

  • PL25rd

    I’m sorry to hear about the fire. I know this is irrelevant, but Charlie Wilson was a 12 term member of the House of Representatives, and was never a Senator.

  • SoCo Resident

    How very sad that someone should die in this fire that was probably preventable. I am glad that our always heroic firefighters were able to reach the scene easily and extinguish the fire. We should always assure that our streets are passable for emergency vehicles and we should respect, not disrespect, the opinions of our fire marshal and firefighters. They are the experts.

    • SArl


  • TryTheTacos

    Also – (again sorry for the victim and family) but just correcting (I think) that Charlie Wilson lived in the building nearby – not this one. At least the movie I believe was filmed in the building across 14th street. I could be wrong though.

    • James

      I agree. My wife once lived in Prospect House and when the movie came out I poked around on the interwebs to see if the Representative once lived in Prospect House (since the scene in the movie is unmistakably one of a very few Arlington condo complexes). I don’t recall the details, but I remember that I found that it was not Prospect House.

      • James

        Yes, The Weslie.

        • We’ll go ahead and remove that reference.

  • bob

    Yep, the building next door.

  • John Goilios

    Still, the views in Prospect House are insanely nice.

  • Emily

    I live in the building in front of Prospect House, and the fire fighters arrived quickly and they acted swiftly. My condolences to the family of Mr. Cole.

  • James

    The views from the north side of Prospect House are among the nicest you will find from a building in the DC Area. My understanding is that some residents have purchase multiple units and combined them. Would love to see inside some of those.

    The one or two that I have seen over the years were run-of-the-mill but the floor-to-ceiling windows on the north side are amazing.

  • Jamie

    So sad! I live right down the street and didn’t even know this occurred last night.

  • Mary

    Hello, a man is dead, and has people who care very much about him. We are talking views from the building? Very poor taste.


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