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Early video from Virginia blaze. Two-alarm fire runs the roof at Parkfairfax in Alexandria.

This is from a two-alarm fire on Thursday morning in Alexandria, Virginia. The fire was reported around 9:00 AM in the 3700 block of Lyons Lane in the Parkfairfax complex. I was aware of the fire and am clearly late in reporting this. Thanks to an alert reader for finding the video and waking me up. Part 1 of the video is above with Part 2 below. There are also three more clips:  Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5.

Here is what reported on Thursday:

Captain Luis Santano, spokesperson for the Alexandria Fire Department, says the blaze broke out in the attic of a two-story condominium building shortly after 9:00 Thursday morning.

Santano says firefighters mounted an aggressive attack on the flames in the attic and now have the blaze under control. 

According to Santano the damage was contained to four condo units inside the building, which are now uninhabitable.  Firefighters are in the process of assessing the damage.

Witnesses say they were alerted to the fire by a dog owned by one of the residents.

Santano says all occupants of the building, as well as firefighters, escaped injury.

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  • Brandon


    I watched the first video twice to make sure I was not hallucinating about the fire spread. Around the 1:30 mark or so I see fire out of the eaves then shortly after the fire vertically ventilates the building. After that most the fire of course is through the ventilated roof. I have never seen fire behavior like that before since I started fighting fire several years ago (after five years I still consider myself a rookie). I just wanted to know your thoughts on that?

  • Allan

    Just reaffirms that good aggressive interior firefighting is the only way to go, even if a few trusses are burned away the truss system as a whole is doing its job.

  • Kedgemon

    Good, aggressive interior firefighting is important, but not always the answer. Yes, this roof held up, but it is not new, lightweight construction with pinned-together trusses. These have been around since the 40′s or 50′s and are solid.


    Not much can be done on these, common cocklofts in these buildings with no fire/draft stops. Once a room off gets into the attic the whole roof is off. These are common jobs anywhere you have light wieght construction with common cock lofts. Doesnt look like there is much that can be done except begin an attack from the inside, make sure all apts are searched and set up the ladder pipes. You can try to get ahead of the fire but on this one there was too much fire from the get go.