Leadership

Cellar Fire Kills Seven In Residence

Issue 9 and Volume 133.

Cellar Fire Kills Seven In Residence Official photograph Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Services Seven of the eight persons sleeping in a house in Fairfax County, Va., lost their lives in a fire that started in a basement recreation room and spread to the attic. The lone survivor, a 36-year-old man, escaped from the house at 2014 Great Falls St. in McLean, ran to a neighbor’s house and phoned the Fairfax County Fire/Police Communications Center at 5:11 a.m. last April 12. Because of the number of persons he said were trapped in the 98 X 34-foot, brick veneer, single-family dwelling, a beefed-up assignment was sent—three engines, one ladder truck, two fire department mobile intensive care units, a fire department ambulance, a lighting unit and Battalion Chief John C. Akre. At 5:15 a.m., Squad 26 was dispatched. The first companies arriving at 5:16 saw extensive fire in the basement blowing out…

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