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Investigators reveal cause of blaze inside Fairfax Co. fire station

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FAIRFAX CO., VA — Investigators are releasing new details on a two-alarm fire that ripped through an engine and parts of a Fire Station 26 in Fairfax County.

On Sunday, May 14, shortly before 1 a.m., 12 firefighters were alerted of a fire inside their station on the 5300 block of Carolina Place in Springfield. The department says the fire captain evacuated the station and called 911. Crews from Fire Station 26 began battling the fire, shortly after the fire was upgraded to a two-alarm blaze.

Crews from the Arlington County Fire Department assisted putting out the flames.  About 60 firefighters responded to the scene and there were no reports of any injuries.

According to the press release, only an engine and one of the station’s ‘apparatus bays’ were damaged. No word on the costs.

Fire investigators say fire’s caused was ruled accidental in nature due to an “electrical event”. They go on to say that it started in the left front cab of the rescue squad engine, but no word on where it exactly originated.

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