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I had to dress up and play newsman today (Tuesday). Looked out the window and saw smoke as a box-alarm was being dispatched for a high-rise fire in Crystal City, Virginia. Ended up shooting some video and getting pre-arrival video from resident Afnan Alniamy. There’s also a little radio traffic from OpenMHz.com.
The fire was in a moving van under the overhang of a high-rise apartment building. Arlington County firefighters were on the scene with firefighters from Alexandria and Reagan National Airport. Arlington Engine 105 quickly extinguished the moving van fire (before I could get there) and most of the other firefighters dealt with the relatively minor extension to the building. As you will see in the video, a delayed alarm would have made this much worse.
One of the movers told me the contents were all shipped from Hawaii and wrapped in heavy paper. According to the worker (note, this is not the official cause), they had been storing the paper near the truck. When they came down the paper was on fire and so was the moving van.
Tweets from Arlington Fire and some pictures are below.
#Finalupdate: Hot spots are out,a few fire department units are going to remain on scene to finish ventilation and clean up. No civilians or firefighters injured during this incident, the cause of the fire is under investigated by the fire marshals office. pic.twitter.com/wjk0BWm5Xz
— Arlington Fire & EMS (@ArlingtonVaFD) February 4, 2020