Arlington County fire marshals are investigating a vehicle fire in the Shirlington area that might have been deliberately set.
The incident happened this past Friday morning on the 4500 block of 31st Street S., between the Shirlington and Fairlington neighborhoods.
“The Arlington County Fire Department (ACFD), Office of the Fire Marshal (OFM) is investigating a vehicle fire that occurred at approximately 6:00 a.m. on the morning of June 30,” Capt. Nathaniel C. Hiner tells ARLnow. “The ACFD arrived on the scene of the fire and found a black BMW X5 completely engulfed in fire. The OFM has determined the fire to be suspicious in nature and is asking nearby residents that may have any information that could benefit the investigation to please contact Deputy Fire Marshal Ryan Murphy [at] [email protected].”
No injuries were reported as a result of the fire.
The Office of the Fire Marshal is seeking assistance regarding a suspicious vehicle fire. The fire took place on 6/30/23 between 5:45am – 6:45 am in the 4500 block of 31st Street S. Anyone with information is asked to contact DFM R. Murphy – [email protected] pic.twitter.com/Q2plgYpvoI
— Arlington Fire & EMS (@ArlingtonVaFD) July 2, 2023
(Updated at 1:30 p.m.) Firefighters battled a vehicle blaze atop the Pentagon City mall parking garage early this afternoon.
Initial reports suggest that multiple vehicles are engulfed in flames on the third level of the large garage. As of 1:15 p.m., the bulk of the fire was said to be out.
A cloud of smoke could be seen rising from the garage, access to which has been blocked off by police and fire personnel.
So far no injuries have been reported. At least five vehicles were damaged, according to scanner traffic.
The fire alarm went off at the mall during the incident, at a time when it was packed with visiting groups.
“[The] mall was filled with school groups that evacuated,” a tipster told ARLnow, adding that “burning rubber could be smelled on the bottom floor of the mall.”
UPDATE: Fire is out, crews are in the process of checking for any additional hot spots and performing ventilation.
— Arlington Fire & EMS (@ArlingtonVaFD) March 23, 2023
@ArlingtonVaFD working on a fire apparently inside the @FashionCtrPC garage, on the Army Navy Drive side. Very smoky in the area. @ArlingtonVaPD is also on the scene guiding vehicles + pedestrians. cc: @STATter911 @ARLnowDOTcom pic.twitter.com/VpDlgZ0QL4
— CartChaos22202 (@CartChaos22202) March 23, 2023
A car is fully engulfed in flames behind Mrs. Chen’s Kitchen restaurant on Columbia Pike.
Firefighters are currently on the scene, on the 3100 block of the Pike, working to extinguish the vehicular inferno in the rear of the long-time Chinese eatery.
No injuries have been reported. The vehicle is said to be a gray BMW.
A car fire has shut down all lanes of S. Fillmore Street just south of Route 50.
Firefighters are currently dousing the fire in the engine compartment of the sedan — possibly a Kia — with water.
The road will likely remain at least partially blocked until a wrecker can tow away the scorched vehicle.
In a separate vehicular incident, police and firefighters are currently responding to the area of the intersection of Langston Blvd and N. Harrison Street for a report of an elderly driver who ran into the column of a building.
Update at 6:30 p.m. — The following video from social media shows the vehicle that ran into a storefront at the Lee-Harrison Shopping Center being towed away.
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A beemer barbecue following a single-vehicle crash closed part of S. Joyce Street near Pentagon City this morning.
The circumstances leading to the crash, which heavily damaged the BMW before it burst into flames, are unclear. The crash happened around 6 a.m. and left the male driver with facial injuries, according to scanner traffic.
The driver was reportedly able to get out the car before firefighters arrived on scene. He was brought to a local hospital for treatment.
Firefighters extinguished the blaze shortly after their arrival. Both lanes of S. Joyce Street heading from Army Navy Drive to Columbia Pike were blocked by the emergency response and cleanup.
Update at 8:45 a.m. — S. Joyce Street has reopened, per scanner traffic.
A car fire behind a row of restaurants in Courthouse prompted evacuations and road closures, but was quickly extinguished.
The fire broke out behind TNR Cafe, on the 2000 block of Wilson Blvd, around 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. The carbeque sent smoke into the air and into nearby buildings — and reportedly prompted the evacuation of Ireland’s Four Courts.
Arlington County firefighters made quick work of the blaze, however, allowing the mid-afternoon bar-going crowds to continue their revelry and traffic to continue flowing on Wilson Blvd.
No injuries were reported.
— Irelands Four Courts (@irelands4courts) April 10, 2022
Some commotion a little while ago on Wilson Blvd nr Courthouse Rd with a car fire behind the restaurants that sent smoke into the buildings. @ArlingtonVaFD & @ArlingtonVaPD handled. @ARLnowDOTcom #firefighters #police #Arlington pic.twitter.com/eYWlSnXqZY
— Dave Statter (@STATter911) April 10, 2022
LOCATION: Wilson Blvd / Troy St
INCIDENT: Fire Department Activity
IMPACT: Wilson Blvd is shut down at Troy St. Seek alternative routes. pic.twitter.com/Y6E3p1c14v
— Arlington Alert (@ArlingtonAlert) April 10, 2022
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A car caught fire in the middle of a Columbia Pike intersection last night.
The carbeque happened around 8:30 p.m. Monday at the intersection of the Pike and S. Jefferson Street, near Arlington’s western border. Video shared with ARLnow (below) shows the car being driven while flames shoot from the engine compartment, before it finally comes to a stop and the flames and smoke intensify.
The car was fully engulfed, sending a column of dark smoke into the sky, by the time firefighters arrived on scene. Local residents gathered to watch the firefighting effort.
The video-taker said firefighters arrived remarkably quickly.
“They showed up almost immediately and quickly took care of the situation,” he said. “They seriously showed up within 5 minutes… the Arlington [County] Fire Department is seriously awesome.”
Both eastbound lanes of Columbia Pike were blocked for nearly an hour due to the blaze and the subsequent cleanup.
LOCATION: Columbia Pike/Jefferson St
INCIDENT: Fire Department Activity
IMPACT: Both E/B Lanes of Columbia Pike are blocked due to fire department activity. Seek an alternate route if possible. pic.twitter.com/ByuUBgd5QQ
— Arlington Alert (@ArlingtonAlert) June 22, 2021
Photo courtesy Jason Sheldrake. Video courtesy anonymous.
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