Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a townhouse fire Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, at approximately 3:20 p.m., in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located at 3375 Beechcliff Dr.
Firefighters encountered heavy smoke and fire coming from the second and top floor of a three-story townhouse upon arrival. Despite the heavy fire, firefighters conducted an aggressive interior fire attack. Firefighters transitioned to an exterior attack when the upper floors of the structure started to collapse.
It took firefighters approximately 45 minutes to bring the fire under control. Additionally, there was moderate damage to the unit at 3371 Beechcliff and minor damage to unit 3377. A total of seven occupants were displaced from the three townhouses.
Red Cross support was provided to the occupants at 3371. All other occupants declined Red Cross support. One adult male received injuries from the fire; however, refused transport to a medical facility. One firefighter was transported to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Damage is estimated at $400,000 for unit 3375 and $60,000 for unit 3371.
According to fire investigators, the fire is under investigation.