OWL VFD responds to four alarm fire. Â
Woodbridge, VA July 5, 2012 â€” 6:52pm Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Firefighters responded to the report of an apartment fire at 1395 Eisenhower Way. OWL Engine 502 arrived on the scene within minutes and reported heavy smoke and fire from third floor of the apartment building.Â First arriving crews evacuated residents with the help of Prince William County Police Department.Â There were no civilian injuries and all residents were accounted for.
A second alarm was requested almost immediately due to the fire conditions. Factoring the weather conditions with the amount of fire, a third alarm was requested a short time later. The majority of the fire was knocked down in approximately 25 minutes. Due to a roof collapse and the severity of the damage, it took several hours to completely extinguish the remaining fire. A fourth alarm was requested to replace the first alarm units due to the heat and humidity.
Three firefighters were transported to Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center Hospital for heat related injuries and sickness.
Fire and Rescue units from OWL VFD, Dale City VFD, Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue, Dumfries-Triangle VFD, Quantico Marine Corps, City of Manassas, Buckhall VFD, Fairfax County Fire Department and Prince William County Police Department responded to the incident. The American Red Cross was on the scene and assisted the occupants with temporary housing.
The cause of the fire appears to be related to cooking materials utilized on the third floor balcony, which is against safety code in Prince William County. Prince William County Building Code Enforcement has condemned the buildings at this time.
OWL VFD is one the largest and busiest volunteer fire departments in the United States with over 300 members. OWL VFD provides fire suppression, EMS care, and rescue services to 80,000 residents in our 27 square mile area through the operation of three fire stations. OWL volunteer Firefighters and EMTs work the 6 pm to 6 am shift, five days a week, plus 24/7 holidays and weekends.Â
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