Week in Burke

Week in Burke

Tree Crashes Through Roof, Occupants Rescued

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a cave-in Sunday, Feb.12, at approximately 1:25 a.m., in the Burke area of Fairfax County. The single-family, two-story home is located in the 5100 block of Lavery Court.

Firefighters encountered a large tree upon arrival that had crashed through the roof and into a bedroom, pinning an adult female while sleeping, but narrowly missing an adult male. The mattress and bed frame collapsed to the floor upon impact of the tree and roofing material while both occupants lay in bed. Firefighters and technical rescue crews stabilized the large, four foot in diameter tree and surrounding roof trusses, and then conducted a series of precision tree cuts enabling rescue crews to lift the tree, branches, and other debris off the adult female. The patient was transported to INOVA Fairfax Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. It took firefighters and technical rescue crews working in high wind conditions more than 75 minutes to rescue the woman following the 911 call.

County building inspectors deemed the home uninhabitable, displacing three occupants from the home. There were no other injuries.

Fair Oaks Sexual Assault

Fairfax County police are searching for a man who reportedly sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl last week in Fair Oaks. The incident occurred last Wednesday, Feb. 8, around 6:20 a.m. Police say the teen was walking to catch her school bus near the intersection of Fair Lakes Parkway and Monument Drive when a man allegedly followed her, made comments of a sexual nature and touched her inappropriately.

She told police she’d previously seen him in the bushes near the bus stop. The suspect is described as white, 30-39 years old, around 5 feet 6 inches and about 160 pounds. He wore a black jacket and had black hair styled into spikes.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text "TIP187" plus a message to CRIMES/274637 or call police at 703-691-2131.

Parkway Detour Is Ending

Beginning this Thursday, Feb. 16, drivers will once again be able to make left turns from Fair Lakes Parkway onto Fairfax County Parkway. For the past six months, motorists have been detoured onto Fair Lakes Circle while crews build an interchange.

The entire project is scheduled for completion in 2013. The $69.5 million interchange at Fairfax County Parkway and Fair Lakes Parkway will improve pedestrian and cyclist access, widen more than three miles of the Fairfax County Parkway, and improve traffic flow by separating local and Parkway traffic through this busy area.

More details on this project are available at http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/northernvirginia/fairfax_county_parkway-fair_lakes.asp.

Used Book Sale

Friends of the Burke Centre Library Used Book Sale. Thurs., Mar. 8 from 1-9 p.m., Fri., Mar. 9 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat., Mar. 10 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Find fiction and nonfiction books for adults and children at bargain prices. 935 Freds Oak Road, Burke, VA.