Just after 9:30 on Tuesday night Engines 618, 611, Chief 611, Safety Officer 618, and Ambulance 625-1 (Sterling Rescue) were alerted for a truck fire in an apartment complex. Engine 618 arrived on the scene to find a box truck on fire in the parking lot. Engine 618 pulled a 100′ attack line and extinguished the fire. The scene was turned over to the fire marshal for investigation.
While Tower 501 is out for repairs Sterling’s Quint 611 is on loan to the City of Manassas. Today Quint 611 was on the scene of a 2 alarm fire, as was a news helicopter from WUSA Channel 9. You can see the story and video HERE. (Skip ahead to the 2:45 mark to see Quint 611.)
Just after 9:30pm Wagon 606 (Ashburn) was alerted for an investigation near Fire Station 6. As they responded dispatch advised they were upgrading the call to a structure fire response due to a report of smoke in the structure. This brought Engine 618 and Tower 611 from Sterling. With no hydrants in the area Wagon 606 called for a tanker task force, which brought Wagon 611 as a fill site engine. After further investigation no fire was discovered and units returned to service. As units were returning to quarters Wagon 611 was sent back to Ashburn for another reported house fire, and Tower 611 was still in the area and responded. Captain 611 responded as a command officer. Units arrived to find what appeared to be a lightning strike with active fire showing. As units were beginning to extinguish that fire there was another house fire reported in Sterling. Engine 618, along with Engines 439, 412, and 404, and Rescue 439 from Fairfax, Truck 601 from Leesburg, and Medic 625-2 (SVRS). Chief 611 responded as a command officer. Since Truck 601 was closer to the scene in Ashburn they switched assignments with Tower 611, which responded to the call in Sterling. Quint 618 responded with volunteers who came from home, and Wagon 606 responded after clearing the investigation call that they were on. Squad 615 (SVRS) responded as well. Engine 618 arrived on scene reporting active fire in the attic area. Chief 615 (SVRS) arrived and established command while units began an interior attack. The fire was brought under control quickly and units began extensive cleanup. Canteen 611 responded to provide refreshments. During this time Engine 303 from Dulles Airport handled a fire alarm call in Sterling, and communications handled a heavy workload of additional calls and station transfers throughout the county.
Just before 9:00 pm on Wednesday Engine 618, Quint and TowerLadder 611, Reserve Engine 622 from Ashburn, Engine and Rescue Squad 439 from Fairfax, Medic 6252 from Sterling Rescue, Battalion Chief 603, Captain 611, and Safety Officer 600 were alerted for a townhouse fire in Cascades. Chiefs 611, 606 and 615 also responded, along with Battalion 401 and Rescue Squad 615. Engine 618 arrived on scene and reported a fully involved townhouse. Captain 611 arrived, assumed command, and almost immediately asked for a second alarm. This brought Engine 623, Reserve Engine 606, Engine 412, TowerLadder 606, Trauma 6152, Canteen 611 and Rescue Squad 613 to the scene. Units had a lot of the fire knocked down fairly quickly but continued to fight fire for some time, and then began extensive overhaul to ensure that the fire was completely out. Although the townhouse was fully involved upon arrival quick action by responding units limited damage to surrounding units. Truck 601 from Leesburg and Engine 404 from Fairfax were called to fill Fire Station 618 during the incident, and many units throughout the county were moved to provide better coverage. Quint 618 was staffed by come from home volunteers and eventually responded to a call for an additional engine at the scene. Serv 611 also responded to a traffic accident during this incident.
Pictures and video from the scene are available HERE.