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Blaze Destroys Route 1 Business

A two alarm fire at 3 a.m. Wednesday closed Richmond Highway for two hours.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue personnel and equipment from the Penn Daw Station, Number 11, were the initial responders to a blaze which engulfed an automotive service station at 6817 Richmond Highway, according to Dan Schmidt, Department Public Information Officer.

"When firefighters arrived, they found the single story, three bay station fully involved in flames as well as nearly a dozen vehicles inside and outside the facility," Schmidt said. "The cause and amount of damages is still unknown, but an investigation is underway."

THE BLAZE WAS brought under control in about an hour with the help of personnel and equipment from three other stations. It is normal for four stations to respond to a two alarm blaze, according to fire officials.

There were no reported injuries, according to Schmidt. The highway reopened at 5 a.m.