7:30 p.m. update — The Monday afternoon fire in the second story of a Dewitt Avenue apartment building was accidental in nature, Alexandria Fire Department spokesperson Michael Gerber said.
“A contractor was using a heat gun to remove paint and it got too hot,” Gerber said.
The building was reoccupied by Monday evening.
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Fire crews responded to a second-story fire in the 1800 block of Dewitt Avenue that occurred at about 1:30 p.m. Monday.
There were no injuries in the incident, according to an Alexandria Fire Department spokesperson.
The spokesperson said more information about the incident would be available later in the afternoon.
A water main break occurred on Mount Vernon Avenue near the corner of E. Mason Avenue around the same time Monday, closing part of the road to traffic.