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ACFD Responds to Fire at Artisphere

by ARLnow.com November 7, 2012 at 5:35 pm 4,414 26 Comments

Firefighters responded to a blaze outside Artisphere (1101 Wilson Blvd) in Rosslyn early this morning.

The fire broke out on a terrace and did not damage the interior of the cultural center. The cause is under investigation.

“The fire was quickly extinguished and contained to the terrace area,” said Arlington County Fire Department spokesman Capt. Gregg Karl. “There was damage to a piece of construction equipment and the terrace. The fire is under investigation by the Fire Marshal.”

Said Artisphere spokesman Jim Byers: “Artisphere is open as usual, as the fire was not inside the venue itself.”

Additional details were not immediately available.

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  • disgruntled arlnow commentator

    odds that it was arson perpetrated by a disgruntled arlnow commentator and artisphere opponent?

    • brickwall

      damn you beat me to it…

    • SoArl

      I think it was the county attempting to collect insurance money.

      • Alan

        Disgruntled county board member.

    • Heck No….

      Heck no….other than Trev, Artisphere is our favorite “whipping boy”…

    • BoredHouseWife

      came for this

      • SomeGuy

        TMI. I understand this excites you, BoredHouseWife, but please remember this is a family-friendly message board.

        • drax

          She’s really really bored.

          • SomeGuy

            And really really into pyro-erotica.

        • WeiQiang


          • Malaka

            I blame the nuns

          • YTK

            yes, they have strange habits

  • Eric

    *gets popcorn*

    These comments oughta be good

  • SomeGuy

    Whew. Good thing no serious damage I was done. Otherwise we might lose money on this place!

  • Scoot Scoot

    I don’t know just where the fire was located but the upper terrace, formerly freedom park, is a gathering place for smokers on their breaks. It’s getting to be that dry season for mulch fires again.

  • Captain Unimpressed

    The arrival of the firefighters probably doubled the number of people through the door this year!

    • We Wuz Robbed

      And I hear that the firefighters were let in for half-price …..

  • Craig

    woo hoo!!

  • I Know!

    It’s performance art! It was supposed to represent the destruction of art in the environment of commerce and development.

  • Jay

    Burn baby burn!

  • coppafill

    Oh the irony
    The artisphere is aflame

    • Wendy

      Oh you!

  • MrMeow

    I would say that this was an attempted insurance fraud, but the county doesn’t own the building.

  • Kowalski

    I’ve heard of burning money, but this is ridiculous!

  • Sam the Cat

    aww, it didn’t burn to the ground 🙁

  • dk (not DK)

    Fire sale?


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