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House Fire Near Four Mile Run Drive

by ARLnow.com July 18, 2012 at 9:40 am 3,078 16 Comments

Firefighters battled a basement fire in a duplex near Four Mile Run Drive this morning.

The fire was reported at 8:25 a.m. near the intersection of S. Oakland Street and the Four Mile Run access road. Firefighters from Arlington, Alexandria and Fairfax County responded to the scene and were able to extinguish the fire within 20 minutes.

There was initially reported to be a person trapped in the burning house, but everybody ended up making it out safely. One occupant, described by a relative as a rising freshman at Wakefield High School, was taken to the hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation.

No word yet on the cause of the fire, but a fire department spokesman pointed out that there were no working smoke detectors found in the house.

“The fire department would like to take the opportunity to remind everyone to check their smoke detectors,” said Battalion Chief Matt Herbert.

Damage was confined to one occupancy of the duplex, Herbert said.

Despite the call being relatively early in the morning, firefighters still had to deal with hot and humid conditions. To help out, a neighbor set up lawn chairs in her driveway for the sweat-soaked firefighters to relax and hydrate in after the flames were out.

  • JohnB

    Nice work ACFD

    • JohnB

      And Fairfax from the pictures. Gotta love mutual aid agreements!

      • John K.


        • +1

          rough day to wear such heavy equipment.

          Also, thanks to the great neighbor who helped with the chairs. That’s really wonderful to see.

      • bred

        The mutual aid agreements are interesting. I have a part-time job at Tyson’s Corner Center and saw a few days ago an ACFD ambulance there, along with Fairfax County FD assisting an injured woman. On another occasion when my next-door neighbor in Ballston desperately needed the water to an upstairs condo shutoff on a cold winter night because of a burst water pipe, and the upstairs folks were away, the East Falls Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched by ACFD.

        • Tumblebum

          The Falls Church Vol FD (East Falls Church) is staffed by ACFD professionals and is carried as an Arlington FD station.

  • Chris B

    What is a “rising freshman”? Is this opposed to a “descending freshman”?

    • WakefieldWarrior

      It’s summer — “rising freshman” means he/she was in 8th grade last month, but starts 9th in September.

      If a Wakefield kid was home alone and a fire started, you gotta wonder if “smoke inhalation” was more of a cause than a result.

      • If you can’t say anything nice…

        Find it hard to believe you’re actually a “Wakefield Warrior” & this is the one comment that you decided to make in reference to what could have been a tragedy.
        Hope the kid is okay – and great job ACFD!

    • Biff

      It’s when you cover them in yeast and wrap them up in platic until they swell up a good bit. Then you give them a good punch-down.

      • Banksy

        LOL — love this definition.

        The term “rising” [whatever] irks me. When did it become a term of art? What’s wrong with “incoming,” which is what we used when I was in h.s.?

        You kids get offa my lawn!

        • drax

          I’ve heard it used for several decades.

  • jan

    Thanks to the thoughtful citizen who put out the lawn chairs.

  • shaune

    I wish people would STOP talking about WAKEFIELD students. Please keep your negative comments to yourself. I pray that the RISING, INCOMING, FUTURE FRESHMAN is okay. Pray for that child!!! Wakefield is a great school, with very good students!!

    For the wonderful citizen who assisted the fire dept. with the chairs, may God bless you.

    • If you can’t say anything nice…

      Wakefield is a great school, with very good students!! – agreed. Getting real sick of all of the negative comments about Wakefield school, students & teachers. Wakefield is a gem!

  • JimPB

    Yes, Kudos to the neighbor who set up lawn chairs in her driveway for the the sweat-soeaker firefighters to sit in and relax and hydrate after the flames were out.


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