A large fire department response is on scene of a house fire in Arlington’s Penrose neighborhood.
The blaze broke out shortly after 9 a.m. on the 400 block of S. Barton Street, not far from one of the entrances to Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall.
Initial reports suggest that firefighters arriving on scene found a relatively small but smoky fire in the basement of a home. Firefighters are now working to ensure that the fire has been completely extinguished and everyone made it out of the house okay.
So far no injuries have been reported.
#Update The fire is now out and was contained to a small area of the residence. No injuries to civilians or firefighters. Units will be checking for additional fire spread before cleaning up.
— Arlington Fire & EMS (@ArlingtonVaFD) May 5, 2021
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Photo courtesy Dennis Dimick
Firefighters battled a house fire in the Penrose neighborhood this morning.
The fire was reported around 11 a.m., on the second floor of a duplex on the 300 block of S. Courthouse Road.
Firefighters from nearby Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall arrived on scene and quickly doused the flames. Arlington County firefighters searched the home and set up fans to remove the smoke from inside.
No injuries were reported, according to ACFD. S. Courthouse Road remains closed in the area due to the emergency response.
#Breaking #structurefire 300 blk S Courthouse Rd, Fire on 2nd floor of duplex. Quick knock down of fire from @JBMHH Engine161, ACFD performing search, ventilation and overhaul. No injuries reported. Please stay clear of area while crews are working. pic.twitter.com/CLI7u0Ccws
— Arlington Fire (@ArlingtonVaFD) July 30, 2020
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The front porch and attic of a home in Arlington’s historic Maywood neighborhood caught fire early this morning.
The fire broke out around 4 a.m. on the 3200 block of 23rd Street N.
“Crews were able to extinguish the fire with very little interior damage,” the Arlington County Fire Department said via Twitter. “All 4 occupants and a hamster escaped without injury.”
#StructureFire: At 400am units were called to a home on the 3200 blk of 23rd St North. Crews encountered fire on the front of the house and in the attic. Crews were able to extinguish the fire with very little interior damage. All 4 occupants and a hamster escaped without injury. pic.twitter.com/cZcZtkM4AL
— Arlington Fire (@ArlingtonVaFD) March 18, 2020
Photo courtesy Arlington County Fire Department
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Flickr pool photo by Erinn Shirley
(Updated at 1 p.m.) Arlington County firefighters are on scene of a house fire on S. Oak Street in the City of Falls Church.
Fire and smoke could be seen coming from both floors of a two-story house on the 400 block of S. Oak Street, near Thomas Jefferson Elementary.
A woman fled the home prior to firefighters arriving. She is being transported via ambulance to a local hospital, according to scanner traffic.
As of 12:45 p.m., the bulk of the fire had been extinguished, though firefighters were still looking for hotspots.
More from the City of Falls Church:
At around 11:45 a.m. this morning, Arlington County Fire and the City of Falls Church Police Departments responded to a single-family house structure fire located on the 400 block of S Oak St. One person self-evacuated from the house and has been transported to a local hospital. Their condition is not known at this time.
The fire has been contained and there is no danger to the public. Expect continued lane closures around S Oak St. near West Broad St. and Seaton Ave. Parents and visitors to Thomas Jefferson Elementary School are asked to use the rear entrance of the school until further notice (the building is not in danger). The City of Falls Church Fire Official is on scene.
Arlington provides firefighting services to Falls Church under contract.
— Arlington Fire (@ArlingtonVaFD) February 10, 2020
#Update: The bulk of the fire has been extinguished, crews are completing overhaul and cooling hotspots. One patient was removed from the house prior to FD arrival and transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries pic.twitter.com/FKgfE4Momr
— Arlington Fire (@ArlingtonVaFD) February 10, 2020
Update on house fire near TJ. The house in question is approximately one block north of TJ, across the street from the TJ soccer field. There is no threat to TJ property or kids. TJ students will remain inside, which they would anyway due to the rain. 1/2
— Falls Church City Schools (@FCCPS) February 10, 2020
Firefighters battled a basement fire at a house in the Westover neighborhood over the weekend.
The fire broke out early Saturday morning on the 5900 block of Washington Blvd, a block from Westover’s main business district.
The fire was extinguished and no injuries were reported. County Fire Marshals are now investigating the cause.
— Arlington Fire (@ArlingtonVaFD) January 4, 2020
— Arlington Fire (@ArlingtonVaFD) January 4, 2020
#FinalUpdate: Fire has been fully extinguished. All searches of the home were negative. Crews will be working on ventilation and overhaul. Fire Marshals will be investing the cause. pic.twitter.com/6GylZjd14S
— Arlington Fire (@ArlingtonVaFD) January 4, 2020
An under-construction home caught fire this morning, prompting an emergency response that closed part of N. Glebe Road during the morning rush hour.
Video from the scene shows smoke coming from the top of the home, at the intersection of Glebe and 33rd Street N., just north of Washington Golf and Country Club.
The fire, which was first reported just before 7 a.m., has since been extinguished. No visible signs of fire damage can be seen on the front of the home.
#Update: 4700 blk 33rd St N – Units called for smoke coming from a home at 6:55am. Fire extinguished. Building not occupied at time of fire. No injuries. Units starting to return to service. Fire Marshal on scene investigating. pic.twitter.com/oskkRkw84b
— Arlington Fire (@ArlingtonVaFD) August 9, 2019
ARLINGTON COUNTY | HOUSE FIRE | 33RD ROAD N @ N GLEBE ROAD | REPORT OF SMOKE COMING FROM A HOUSE UNDER CONSTRUCTION | SMOKE SHOWING ON ARRIVAL | RIT LEVEL 1 REQUESTED pic.twitter.com/2FaUItaeMQ
— Lincoln Fire Alerts (@LFireAlerts) August 9, 2019
(Updated at 2:55 p.m.) Cherrydale’s volunteer fire house is set to celebrate the 100th anniversary of its construction in 1919 this weekend.
The Cherrydale Volunteer Fire Department will host festivities and a fundraiser for the anniversary this Saturday (July 20) from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. The Central Firehouse, owned the Cherrydale Volunteer Fire Department, is the oldest in Arlington and recognized by the National Register of Historic Places as a local historic landmark.
A parade will kick off the Saturday celebration at 10 a.m. starting from Saint Agnes Catholic Church (1910 N. Randolph Street). The remainder of the festivities will be held at the firehouse (3900 Lee Highway). All activities are open to the public.
For kids, volunteers will set up a bouncy house and firetruck demonstrations after the parade.
Tours of the fire house and swing dance lessons will be available throughout the day, according to spokeswoman Elise Nelson. Radio station 94.7 FM The Drive will broadcast live from the event.
(Cherrydale Volunteer Fire Department members are trained as firefighters and medics. They sometimes ride along with professional crews from the Arlington County Fire Department and provide some support services to ACFD during incidents, but do not currently fight fires, according to the local firefighters union. The Cherrydale VFD disputed the assertion that its members do not fight fires, but did not directly answer a request from ARLnow to provide a recent example of a VFD member engaged in fire suppression operations alongside ACFD.)
A chili cook off, a raffle, bingo and various games will wrap-up the evening. Guests can use a donation to vote for their favorite chili, made by members of the volunteer fire department. Prizes for raffles and bingo include gift basket from 35 partnering businesses.
The celebration will take on a more serious note mid-afternoon as firefighters who served during 9/11 will share their experiences with the audience, and the organization will remember Marvin Binns, a former member of the Cherrydale VFD. A plaque will be presented and hung on the wall along with his uniform. Binns died of cancer in 2015, according to his obituary.
“His inspiring 62-year legacy included many years of leadership as President, and 36 years bringing Santa to the station — making him a cherished figure for countless generations,” Nelson said.
The Cherrydale Fire Department began with a group of 12 men after they came together to battle a small fire, according to public library records. Over time, Cherrydale VFD grew as an organization and today has 50-60 members in its ranks. Though Arlington County took over responsibility for everyday emergencies, most of the members have emergency medical technician training and can assist police or other firefighters whenever a need may arise. They also help local authorities with lighting at emergency scenes and events.
The Saturday event will double as a fundraiser and proceeds will go towards the refurbishment of the fire house. Nelson said that the building needs foundational repairs as well as cosmetic retouches.
As a historical landmark, Nelson said that the building requires special attention from an expert familiar with refurbishing old buildings, which often comes at a higher cost.
“We can’t do anything that would go against that historical precedent,” she said.
For example, to repair crumbling brickwork on the outside of the building, they were quoted a cost of $50,000.
According to the book “The Cherrydale Volunteer Fire Department: A History” by author Kathryn Holt Springston, former President Woodrow Wilson and his wife each purchased a brick for the fire house during a fundraising event when it first opened. But, Wilson’s brick was later stolen.
Today, the building serves as a center for the Cherrydale Volunteer Fire Department and as a gathering space for community members. There is a gathering hall which is available to rent for weddings, banquets, parties or other events.
Nelson said that the group hopes to raise $100,000 in 2019 to keep the Cherrydale fire house running for at least another century.
Photos courtesy of Cherrydale Volunteer Fire Department