Monday, May 20, 2013
One Alexandria firefighter was transported to the hospital after responding to a fire on Chalfonte Drive.
One Alexandria firefighter was treated for smoke inhalation Monday after battling a late-morning house fire in Beverely Hills. At 11:37 a.m., the Alexandria Fire Department responded to a report of smoke coming from a home in the 800 block of Chalfonte Drive. After arriving on the scene, firefighters discovered a basement fire that also entered the first-level of the home, according to and Alexandria Fire Department spokesperson. The home was unoccupied at the time of the blaze and it took about 30 minutes for the fire to be extinguished. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. One firefighter was transported to Alexandria hospital and treated for smoke inhalation after battling the blaze. The estimated cost of damage was not …
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Friday fire caused an estimated $200,000 in damages.
Market 2 Market, located at 116 E. Del Ray Ave., remains closed until further notice following a fire that started in the wall at the rear of the sandwich shop on Friday afternoon. The fire caused an estimated $200,000 in damages, according to Alexandria Chief Fire Marshal Robert Rodriguez. Fore more on the incident: For the quickest updates, "like" Del Ray Patch on Facebook and follow @delraypatch on Twitter. Interested in getting Del Ray Patch directly into your inbox each morning? Learn more about our daily newsletter.
Friday, April 5, 2013
Alexandria Fire Department crews extinguish fire in a little more than an hour.
7:45 p.m. update — Power will not be restored at St. Elmo's Coffee Pub, The Dairy Godmother and The UPS Store until 11 a.m. Saturday, according to Liz Davis, owner of the The Dairy Godmother. — — — — Alexandria and Arlington fire crews responded to a fire that started shortly after 3 p.m. Friday inside a wall at the rear of Market 2 Market in the 100 block of E. Del Ray Avenue. Alexandria Chief Fire Marshal Robert Rodriguez said it was “an accidental fire” that started in the first-floor wall of the sandwich shop. Smoke made its way into the basement and second floor of the building, which sustained an estimated $200,000 in damages, Rodriguez said. • See: VIDEO: Alexandria Fire Crews Respond to Fire Behind St. Elmo's Coffee Pub • See: …
Firefighters combat fire in 100 block of E. Del Ray Avenue.
For more information, see: Fire in Wall Behind Market 2 Market Causes Estimated $200,000 in Damages
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Non-serious incident caused by broken or malfunctioning motor, according to Alexandria Fire Department spokesperson.
Fire crews from Alexandria and Arlington County responded to a strange odor coming from the Mount Vernon Recreation Center gymnasium around 6:30 p.m. Thursday evening. Though gyms are quite familiar with strange odors, the smell wasn’t caused by a pair of old gym socks. A broken or malfunctioning motor created the odor, according to an Alexandria Fire Department spokesperson. The incident was not serious and the fire marshal was called off the scene, the spokesperson said. The incident drew a bevy of fire trucks that briefly blocked part of Commonwealth Avenue during the Thursday evening commute. Around the same time, Alexandria fire crews responded to a separate fire incident at a home in the 100 block of E. Glendale Avenue. The …
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Don't forget to set your clocks forward one hour.
A sign of longer days and warmer temperatures, daylight saving time begins Sunday at 2 a.m. These days most smartphones and computers with satellite control automatically adjust for daylight savings. But desk clocks and wrist watches—remember those?—still have to be set forward one hour. Alexandria's Fire Department also uses this time to remind residents to change the batteries in their smoke alarms and other life-saving devices. • For the quickest updates, "like" Del Ray Patch on Facebook and follow @delraypatch on Twitter.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Smell linked to smoking power line across from the school on Mount Vernon Avenue.
4:30 p.m. update — George Washington Middle School students did not re-enter the school following its evacuation, according to several students' parents. — — — — Fire crews from Alexandria and Arlington County responded to a report of an odor at George Washington Middle School around 2 p.m. Thursday that was later found to be related to a snapped power line in the 1000 block of Mount Vernon Avenue. The odor prompted someone in the school to pull the fire alarm and the children were evacuated from the building, according to ACPS spokesperson Kelly Alexander. Fire officials quickly cleared the building and allowed the children to re-enter. Maintenance crews were working on power lines across the street from the school throughout much of the…
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Fire crews respond to incident in space above the Exotic Planterium and Card and Comic Collectorama.
The 2000 block of Mount Vernon Avenue was briefly blocked off late Thursday morning after a bevy of fire trucks responded to an incident involving burned food in the space above the Exotic Planterium and Card and Comic Collectorama. An Alexandria Fire Department spokesperson said it was just a case of someone burning their lunch. There were no injuries in the incident and the building received no damage. Crews from the Alexandria Fire Department and Arlington County Fire Department responded to the call, which came in shortly after 11 a.m. The building containing the Exotic Planterium and Card and Comic Collectorama, located at 2008 Mount Vernon Ave., was purchased by the Neighborhood Restaurant in 2011. Owner Dennis Webb has operated the …
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Six police employees graduated from the department’s 10th training academy.
Six Alexandria police department employees have graduated from the Crisis Intervention Team’s 10th training academy. A graduation ceremony was held 2:30 p.m. Friday at the police department headquarters. The Alexandria Police Department and Alexandria Sheriff’s Office developed the Crisis Intervention Team through a partnership with the Department of Mental Health. The team comprises highly skilled and specially trained police officers who function as part of the regular police patrol. Through their training, these officers receive 40 hours of specialized training in the recognition of psychiatric disorders, suicide intervention, substance abuse issues, verbal de-escalation techniques, the role of the family in the care of a person with …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Previously, the railroad company made other regulatory calls in the event of a potentially hazardous situation before calling local emergency first responders.
Norfolk Southern Railroad now plans to notify the Alexandria Fire Department immediately as part of its emergency response plan rather than make other regulatory calls first. A Norfolk Southern representative member of the Local Emergency Planning Committee announced the change Tuesday night during a public meeting held at Alexandria Police Department headquarters. Alexandria Fire Department Battalion Chief Michael Cross also attended the meeting and confirmed for Patch that his office had been notified of the change. Cross said the Fire Department under the new protocol would immediately examine any potentially dangerous situation such as a spill and determine if additional resources would be needed. The railroad has a transloading …