Smoke Alarms Alert Residents to Townhouse Fire
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a townhouse fire, Monday, April 8, at approximately 6:45 a.m., in the Lorton area of Fairfax County. The single family home is located at 9667 Potters Hill Circle.
Firefighters encountered heavy smoke coming from the garage, and light smoke from the windows in the rear of the three-story, middle unit townhouse upon arrival. Firefighters mounted an aggressive interior and exterior fire attack and brought the fire under control in approximately 10 minutes. Extensive overhaul and salvage operations were conducted throughout the home. Sounding smoke alarms provided early warning for the occupants, all escaping unharmed. Several adjacent townhouses received light smoke damage and were able to reoccupy after ventilation efforts by firefighters. Three adults and four children have been displaced. Red Cross is supporting the occupants. One firefighter was transported to the INOVA Lorton HealthPlex for a non-life threatening injury.
Damage is estimated at $150,000, including a vehicle inside the garage.
According to the incident commander, the fire was accidental. The fire originated in a trash receptacle in the garage.
Police-Involved Shooting in Franconia Area
Shortly before 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, police were called to a home in the 6600 block of Thurlton Drive in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County for the report of a possible suicidal subject. Officers arrived and encountered a 37-year-old man. Details are limited at this time; however, during that encounter, the man was shot by police. At least one officer performed CPR until Fairfax County Fire and Rescue arrived. The man was subsequently transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.
No officers were injured during the incident.
Detectives from Homicide and Internal Affairs, along with Crime Scene technicians responded to the scene.
The officers involved in this incident will be placed on routine administrative leave as the department begins parallel criminal and administrative investigations.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.