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Tysons high-rise fire blamed on water in a transformer

Friday - 7/11/2014, 8:53am  ET

WASHINGTON -- Water leaking into a transformer in an electrical room Thursday night caused a fire in a high-rise undergoing a major renovation in the Tysons Corner area of Fairfax County, Virginia.

Firefighters encountered heavy smoke when they arrived at the 12-story building in the 7900 Westpark Drive just before 8:30 p.m.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department says about 60 construction workers and about a dozen office workers had to be evacuated.

The two-alarm fire caused more than $50,000 in damages. Nobody was hurt.

Firefighters also responded to another accidental fire Thursday night in the Annandale area.

A safety vest drawn into a fan motor caused the $15,000 in damage at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.

Firefighters contained the blaze to the roof.

A major renovation is underway at the school at 6560 Braddock Rd.

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