Fire at Fairfax Co. bank fills sky with thick smoke

Fire crews rushed to put out flames leaping out of the roof of a single-story bank in Fairfax, Virginia, Wednesday evening. See photos.

WASHINGTON — Fire crews rushed to put out flames leaping out of the roof of a single-story bank in Fairfax, Virginia, Wednesday evening.

Some time after 4 p.m., Fairfax County firefighters were called to the United Bank at 13060 Fair Lakes Blvd. after a fire broke out, with thick smoke curling into the sky.

While the fire is now under control, fire officials have asked people to avoid the area. No injuries have been reported so far in that fire.

Earlier Wednesday afternoon, fire crews were also in Centreville containing two major fires in residential areas several miles from each other. 

One blaze appeared to spread from the third-story of a four-story senior living facility in the 14400 block of Woodmere Court around 1 p.m., said Fairfax County Acting Fire Chief John Caussin. The other fire affected several town houses in the 5800 Watermark Circle area.

No word yet on what caused the fires around Fairfax County. The day was marked by 90-degree heat and dry conditions.

Elsewhere in the D.C. region, fire crews in Greenbelt, Maryland, put out a large, damaging fire that broke out at a residential construction site.

WTOP’s Sarah Beth Hensley and Jack Moore contributed to this report. 


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