Sunday, June 17, 2012
Bizarre accident sends Old Town resident to hospital with burns on 80 percent of her body.
An Old Town woman is being treated for second- and third-degree burns on 80 percent of her body following an accident involving a backyard fireplace, according to WTOP. A 53-year-old woman attempted to light an outdoor fireplace at her home in the 300 block of N. Fayette Street on Saturday night when an accumulation of vapors from the fuel created a flash fire. The Alexandria Fire Department responded to the incident. The victim was transported to the burn unit at Washington Hospital Center. Her condition is not known, according to WTOP.
Friday, June 1, 2012
Fire fighters investigate reports of smoke at 1101 King St.
Fire fighters investigated reports of smoke on the fourth floor of 1101 King St. on Friday afternoon. The smoke has since dissipated and officials have deemed the area safe. No fire was seen, according to the Alexandria Fire Department Public Information Officer Bob Rodriguez. Some sort of mechanical failure was thought to have generated the smoke, but the investigation is ongoing. Both Henry and King streets have reopened. The entrance to 1101 King St. is on Henry Street.
Maryland State Police are investigating a probable suicide that occurred Tuesday night.
The body of a man found Thursday in the Potomac River south of Alexandria is believed to be that of a man who police think jumped off the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Tuesday night. Maryland State Police spokesman Greg Shipley said the body, an adult male, has been taken to the state’s chief medical examiner for an autopsy and positive identification before notifying family. At about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, two boaters in the Potomac found the body face-down in the water near Hog Island and called 911, Shipley said. Fire department rescue workers from Prince George’s County and the city of Alexandria responded to the scene and recovered the body, which was taken to the Fort Washington Marina. “The Maryland State Police investigators were called …
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Police: Little information available at this point in the investigation.
UPDATE (5:20 p.m.): A spokesman for the Maryland State Police said a body found in the Potomac River south of Alexandria Thursday is believed to be a person who committed suicide earlier this week. Spokesman Greg Shipley said an individual jumped off the Woodrow Wilson Bridge earlier this week. Police found the person's car, but no body. ORIGINAL STORY: Police have recovered a body from the Potomac River in the area east of Alexandria. Cpl. Rodney Gause with the Prince George’s County Police Department said the body was pulled from the water at 10:15 a.m. Thursday. It was not immediately clear where the body was found, although an initial alert about the body mentioned the Alexandria area and Hog Island. Hog Island is located just east …
Thursday, May 3, 2012
A two-alarm fire has damaged a townhouse in the 700 block of N. Fayette St.
Update — The cause of the two-alarm fire that started on N. Fayette Street this evening is under investigation, according to a Fire Department spokesman. Everyone did get out of the residence, said spokesman Brian Hricik, or at least no one was in the house when the fire fighters arrived on the scene. Hricik said the fire appears to have started in a third-story bedroom. Streets were reopened by 8:30 p.m., kids were playing in the alley again and fire marshals were cleaning up. The 700 block is across the street from the Wythe St. Post Office. — — — — Both N. Fayette and Wythe streets are still closed this evening between Route 1 and the Braddock Road Metro station due to a three-alarm fire in the 700 block of N. Fayette St. Thanks to …
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Alexandria's first responders were recognized and honored on Thursday for harrowing acts of bravery and compassion for the city's citizens.
The 26th Annual Valor Awards were held Thursday afternoon at the Crowne Plaza to honor first responders for acts of extraordinary valor throughout the year. Channel 7 WJLA-TV Chief Meteorologist Doug Hill, a former police officer, narrated the harrowing stories and tales of bravery from Alexandria's Police Department, Fire Department and Sheriff's Office.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Fire Department says Monday evening blaze isn't considered suspicious.
The Alexandria Fire Department responded to a small brush fire outside Braddock Road Metro station on Monday evening. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by Metro Transit Police. “We really just put out the fire for them,” said an AFD spokesperson. The blaze occurred around 6 p.m. in a line of hedges between the station entrance and its parking lot. AFD suppressed the blaze and handed the investigation over to the Metro Transit Police. “It was just a brush fire,” said an MTP spokesperson. “It isn’t considered suspicious.” Metro commuters are reminded to report any suspicious activity to MTP by calling 202-962-2121. Editor's Note: Big thanks to Laura Rose and Sean Holihan for the photos.
Monday, March 5, 2012
Acting Fire Captain David Bogozi of Alexandria Firehouse 206 expresses gratitude for all those who leant their support following the death of paramedic Joshua Weissman.
Monday, March 5, 2012
To the editor, On Feb. 8, 2012, the officers and members of the Alexandria Fire Department began an experience that we have not had to deal with for many years. While responding to an incident involving a vehicle fire on Interstate 395, paramedic Joshua Weissman fell from a bridge and was severely injured, succumbing to those injuries on Feb. 9. As one of the responders to that incident, and as one of the Station Officers of Firehouse 206, I would first and foremost like to express our heartfelt condolences to Josh’s wife Rebecca and the entire Weissman family. The members of Firehouse 206 would also like to express our gratitude to the crews of Arlington County Engine 109, A-Shift, Arlington County Truck 105 A-Shift, the Arlington …
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
An Alexandria fire engine returned from receiving maintenance just a few hours before crews were called out to respond to a shed blaze in Del Ray.
Monday evening’s fire on Hume Avenue could have been much worse had Alexandria Fire Engine 209 not returned from being serviced just a few hours before responding to the shed blaze. The Alexandria Fire Department did not have a reserve engine to substitute in while the 209 Engine was out for repairs because of a temporary depletion in its fleet. The engine returned to Station 209 at Potomac Yard about two hours before crews were called to the Hume Avenue incident. Had the engine still been out for maintenance, the Station 209 crew would have responded to the incident in a Chevy Suburban. While they would have been able to combat the blaze, firefighters would have had to wait a few precious minutes for engines from the Cameron Mills Road or…
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Gabe Weissman says fire departments from across the region and beyond 'have been there' for his family since his brother's death.
Gabe Weissman, brother of fallen Alexandria paramedic Joshua Weissman, thanked first-responders and emergency services workers from the city and beyond in a statement made prior to his brother’s wake Wednesday evening at Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home on Braddock Road. “During the trials of the past few days, as we’re beginning to comprehend and adjust to this new reality, the hundreds in the Alexandria Fire Department and with other emergency units from near and far have shown us with their steadfastness and compassion why Josh loved what he did so much," Gabe Weissman said. “If it’s possible to take anything positive out of something so tragic, it would be how thankful we feel that there are people like Josh who are unflinchingly there in…