Transformer fire leads to evacuations at Bailey’s Crossroads high-rise

A transformer fire in Bailey's Crossroads led to a smoky evacuation Monday. (Courtesy Fairfax County Fire and Rescue)
A transformer fire in Bailey’s Crossroads led to a smoky evacuation Monday. (Courtesy Fairfax County Fire and Rescue) (Courtesy Fairfax County Fire and)
A transformer fire in Bailey's Crossroads led to a smoky evacuation Monday. (Courtesy Fairfax County Fire and Rescue)
A transformer fire in Bailey’s Crossroads led to a smoky evacuation Monday. (Courtesy Fairfax County Fire and Rescue) (Courtesy Fairfax County Fire and)
A transformer fire in Bailey's Crossroads led to a smoky evacuation Monday. (Courtesy Fairfax County Fire and Rescue)
A transformer fire in Bailey’s Crossroads led to a smoky evacuation Monday. (Courtesy Fairfax County Fire and Rescue) (Courtesy Fairfax County Fire and)
The fire department sent out a second alarm looking for help with evacuations and smoke removal. (Courtesy Fairfax County Fire and Rescue)
The fire department sent out a second alarm looking for help with evacuations and smoke removal. (Courtesy Fairfax County Fire and Rescue) (Courtesy Fairfax County Fire and)
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A transformer fire in Bailey's Crossroads led to a smoky evacuation Monday. (Courtesy Fairfax County Fire and Rescue)
A transformer fire in Bailey's Crossroads led to a smoky evacuation Monday. (Courtesy Fairfax County Fire and Rescue)
A transformer fire in Bailey's Crossroads led to a smoky evacuation Monday. (Courtesy Fairfax County Fire and Rescue)
The fire department sent out a second alarm looking for help with evacuations and smoke removal. (Courtesy Fairfax County Fire and Rescue)

Fairfax County firefighters are on the scene of a transformer fire in Bailey’s Crossroads that has led to evacuations at a 26-story high-rise.

The fire broke out at about 10 a.m. outside a building in the 3700 block of South George Mason Drive, which is close to Va. Route 7.

The fire started around 10 a.m; Asst. Chief Joe Knerr said via Twitter that there was no fire in the building, but that smoke had migrated into the high-rise, including some of the units.

They sent out a second alarm for help with evacuating people and clearing the smoke. Residents are being sheltered at a neighboring building.

The power to the building has been turned off, and Dominion Power is on the scene assessing the damage to their transformer; Knerr said it wasn’t known yet how long the building would be without power.

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