Belvoir firefighters and emergency personnel had an especially busy day, protecting the lives of residents in two separate incidents on post. No major injuries resulted from either incident.
Fort Belvoir Directorate of Emergency Services, Fire and Emergency Services Division, responded to two very different, equally life threatening, situations, Aug. 22.
First, Belvoir Firefighters responded to a reported residential structure fire, Aug. 22 on Barlow Road in Dogue Creek Village.
The firefighters arrived on scene and found a two-story, end unit, townhome with a large volume of active fire throughout most of both floors. Crews immediately began deploying hose lines and fighting the fire. They also initiated searches for any possible occupants left in the townhome and adjacent townhomes.
All residents safely exited the burning townhome. Residents of the adjoining townhome were not at home when the fire happened, however rescue crews did find and remove a pet dog.
The firefighters, with help from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue, successfully extinguished all fire throughout both floors and the outside of the building.
Crews did discover additional fire in the attic space of the adjoining townhome, successfully extinguishing and mitigating fire and smoke conditions.
FES fire marshals have narrowed their focus on the cause of the fire but the incident remains under investigation.
Gas, Gas, Gas!
Earlier that morning, DES personnel responded to a reported outdoor gas leak in the area of 9820 Belvoir Road, Bldg. 202.
Fire and Emergency Services crews arrived on scene and discovered a construction contractor had struck a 3-inch, underground natural gas line. Immediate efforts were made to isolate the area and evacuate personnel from the nearby Defense Acquisition University campus buildings to a safe location. Fort Belvoir Police helped established control zones and safety corridors.
An estimated 600 DAU personnel used Wallace Theater as temporary shelter during the event, using buses made available by the Logistics Readiness Center.
Washington Gas arrived and began accessing and securing a control valve at a nearby, street-side, manhole. The gas was successfully shut off at the struck pipe.
FES crews conducted atmospheric monitoring of all surrounding buildings and determined there were no hazardous gas levels present.
One FES firefighter was treated on-scene for heat exhaustion and transported to Belvoir Hospital as a precaution. No other injuries were reported for civilians, Soldiers or responders.