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ACFD Battles House Fire in Donaldson Run

by ARLnow.com March 12, 2012 at 2:05 pm 6,650 32 Comments

(Updated at 3:30 p.m.) The Arlington County Fire Department is on the scene of a house fire near the intersection of Vacation Lane and 24th Street N., in the Donaldson Run neighborhood.

Fire personnel reported heavy smoke coming from the home just after 2:00 p.m., after a neighbor heard a smoke alarm, spotted the smoke and called 911. Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze, on the home’s second floor, in a matter of minutes.

The home is now being ventilated and firefighters are packing up their gear. No occupant or firefighter injuries were reported.

Certain photos (as noted) courtesy Wes Wright and Capt. Gregg Karl/ACFD

  • Joehoya

    The jokes will write themselves…

    • BoredHouseWife

      I was clicking the thread just for this

  • South Awwwlington

    Hahaha. You beat me to it.

  • Richard Cranium

    The fire boats are already on their way.

    • Arly

      As are the rescue mopeds and fire marshalls on horseback.

  • I Give Up

    Will someone please explain, once and for all, this in-joke? I’ve lived here for 15 years and don’t know what you people are constantly referencing.

    • CourthouseChris

      It goes back to a comment thread from a story on a storm on July 12 of last year (which, coincidentally is roughly 15-internet-years ago):


      There were subsequent exaggerations on the effect of storms localized to Donaldson Run in other comments on storm-related articles.

      (credit to Maria who originally posted this link in a Forum post asking this same question)

      • That’s impressive

        I remember reading a comment which of course spawned the next 3 articles to have DR comments which then lead to them regularly coming in (as it seems to work here), but to be able to go to original source that created the joke is actually impressive. 🙂

        • Josh S

          Yeah, but just be glad this isn’t 4chan. I Give Up would have been skewered mercilessly for even thinking about asking that question….

          • I Give Up

            I was just hoping the in-joke would be funny. Much like the brown flipflops and fro-yo meme, it’s rather lame.

          • Josh S

            It’s a nerdy crowd. Not exactly comedy genius. Also, anything, even pussy versus printer, loses it’s humor when repeated over and over and over.

            (Name of particularly hilarious (IMHO) cat video on You Tube.)

  • PL25rd

    Not so funny to the homeowner, I’m sure.

    • Tre

      nice to see Donaldson Run not neglected for once #ArlingtonsKatrina

  • DSS10

    Two house fires over the last week (the other on patrick henry). I always thought late fall early winter was house fire season…. I hope no one was hurt.

  • wow, that is scary and sad. I’m sure the home owners will praise the neighbor who heard the alarm and called for help. Hope all people and pets are ok!

    • Josh S

      Yeah, that’s an impressive story – neighbor deserves Christmas cookies for life…..(at least)

  • All occupants, including pets, made it out unharmed.

    • South Awwwlington

      +1.000.000 = thank you for the info!

    • oh good thanks for information. Glad to hear.

  • truth be told

    City of Falls Church ladder truck.

    • zzzzz

      Falls Church, Arlington and Alexandria fire departments respond to each others’ calls all the time. The truck from the Fairlington house goes to calls in Alexandria quite often.

    • Zimmy

      Arlington provides fire services to the City of Falls Church.

      • Westover

        Yep, the Falls Church Fire Station is owned by the City of Falls Church and the Falls Church Volunteer Fire Department and all front line apparatus is manned at the minumum level by the career Firefighters of the Arlington County Fire Department, and supplemented by the Falls Church Volunteer Firefighters. The Falls Church Station is Station Number 6 for both Arlington and Fairfax Counties, with a long history of its career and volunteer Firefighters serving both counties along with the city.

        During the last summer’s storm that caused a lot of damage in the Donaldson Run neighborhood, station 6 dispatched career and volunteer units to help the neighborhood deal with the distruction.

    • drax

      Donaldson Run is actually in Falls Church.

      Couldn’t resist now that I know everyone got out safely.

  • melvis

    I guess no cause of these fires are known yet?

    • Missing the Obvious

      Too much heat………

  • BlueSkies

    Come on, folks, this concern for the homeowner is very nice, but what about the big question – how could a fire start in such a water-logged place?

  • Tabs

    pretty porch.

  • bob

    Best wished for the homeowner.

    High time for Donaldson Run to finally establish its own fire department, instead of relying on neighboring Arlington for primary fire services.

  • Clarendon Cruiser

    Why aren’t the the firemen in SCUBA gear?

    • Josh S


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