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Fire investigators say that a fire at North Point Village Center last week was caused by a lightning strike.

The June 11 fire was contained to the former location of The Boston Market, which has been vacant since July.

No injuries were reported and no occupants were present during the incident. Fire and rescue crews responded to the scene after a delivery person noticed the flames from the roof at around 3 a.m. that day.

The incident resulted in nearly $75,000 in damages, according to the  Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.

A fire also occurred on the roofline of the same building in August 2019.

Photos via Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

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Improperly discarded fireworks caused nearly $80,000 in damages to a Herndon home on Sunday (June 13). 

No injuries were reported at the home on the 13100 block of Rounding Run Circle.

According to the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, the fire started in the garage where fireworks were improperly discarded.

The fire department is encouraging residents to dispose fireworks using the same procedure for fireplace ashes. Fireworks should be placed in a metal container, doused with water, and covered with a metal lid away from the house. 

Four residents, who were home at the time, were displaced due to the incident. The fire was largely limited to the attached garage.

This is the second fire this year caused by improper disposal of fireworks.

Photos via FCFRD

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A fire broke out in North Point Village Center around 3 a.m. today (Thursday).

Crews from the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department quickly extinguished the fire, which was primarily isolated to the building’s roof.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. No injuries were reported.

Damages are estimated at $75,000. 

The village center was also vandalized with swastikas and other graffiti last month.

Photos via Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

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Updated at 12:15 p.m. on May 28 —  Though no one was injured, three people were displaced by the fire. 

Fire crews brought a townhouse fire under control yesterday afternoon in Herndon, according to the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.

Units that first arrived on scene reported signs of fire from the two-story building at 13300 Schwenger Place.

Crews worked to extinguish the fire. No injuries were reported.

Photo via Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Twitter

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Officials from the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department are investigating the case of a fire at a Reston townhouse over the weekend.

A unit on the 2200 block of Double Eagle Court caught fire on Sunday (May 7). Multiple units responded during the incident.

A firefighter was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital.

The department has not yet indicated what caused the incident. The fire was contained to one unit.

Photo by Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

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A Herndon man faces multiple felony charges in connection with an early morning fire that happened at a home in Franklin Farms last week.

Fairfax County Police arrested and charged Rogerio Ribeiro, 52, with arson and setting fire to damage another’s property.

When police officers arrived at the scene, they spotted Ribeiro attempting to leave in a car at around 4 a.m. outside the home (13500 block of Coates Lane), which was engulfed in flames. The Herndon resident attempted to thwart police by pointing a gun at officers.

Ribeiro was arrested after a struggle with police officers. He is being held without bond at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.

After further investigation, police also charged Ribeiro with aggravated malicious wounding, cruelty to animals and two counts of assault on a law enforcement officer.

One person was treated for injuries at a local hospital and an injured dog remains under the care of a veterinarian.

Photo via Fairfax County Police Department

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Monday Morning Notes

Brush Fire at Lake Fairfax — Crews contained a brush fire at Lake Fairfax on Saturday. No structures were impacted by the incident. More information is forthcoming. [Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department]

Wind Advisory in Effect — An advisory is in effect through 6 p.m. today. The National Weather Service encourages residents to use extra caution when driving and secure outdoor objects. [National Weather Service]

How a Reston Data Company Tracked Beach Visitors — Reston data company X-Mode was able to track the location data from people who visited a beach in Fort Lauderdale, Floria and ignored warnings to practice social distancing. [Technical.ly]

All for Cloth Face Masks — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends people wear cloth face coverings when they are out in public. [Fairfax County Government]

Photo via vantagehill/Flickr

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A fire at a home in Herndon displaced two residents yesterday (Wednesday).

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue personnel brought the fire under control on the 1500 block of Millikens Bend Road around 2:11 p.m. that day.

A resident who was home at the time discussed the fire on a stovetop. Fire investigators believe the fire started in the kitchen after cooking oil ignited and spread to nearby combustibles.

The fire caused $255,675 in damages. A dog that resided in the home died during the incident.

Photo via Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

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Thursday Morning Notes

Apartment Fire in Greywing Square — A fire started in the kitchen of an apartment unit on the 12000 block of Greywing Square yesterday evening. The cause of the fire is under investigation. [Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department]

Reston Association Meeting Moved — Next week’s Board Governance Committee has been moved to March 3 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting takes place at the Walker Nature Center. [Reston Association]

Submission Sought for Mary B. Howard Invitational — The Greater Reston Arts Center invites artists to submit a proposal for the new exhibition, “An Excellent Thought About a Quality Idea.” Submissions are due by March 15. [Greater Reston Arts Center]

Photo via vantagehill/Flickr 

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A Reston house fire displaced five people on Monday (Feb. 17).

It took the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department 12 minutes to extinguish the fire, which started in the single-family home on the 10700 block of Meadowood Drive at around 1:40 p.m. that day.

Fire investigators said the fire was caused by an unattended stove in the kitchen. The incident caused $243,750 in damages.

Photos via Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

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Cafesano’s cafe in South Lakes Village Center is finally open after a fire fired the Italian and Mediterranean restaurant to cease operation of its dine-in services.

But normal business has not resumed yet. As of last week, Cafesano is offering a limited dine-in menu at the location. The full menu is being offered for all online, take-out and catering orders.

A Dec. 1 fire that started in the kitchen forced the business to partially close. Fire investigators discovered that the fire was caused by grease buildup in the ventilation system.

The incident caused $2,000 in damages, according to fire investigators.

Photo via Cafesano

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A small fire broke out at the Signature apartments in Reston Town Center this afternoon.

Local fire and rescue crews put out the fire, which started on a stovetop around 4 p.m. today (Tuesday).

No injuries were reported.

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An apartment fire at The Cosmopolitan at Reston Town Center was sparked by an electrical event in an HVAC unit, according to fire investigators.

The fire broke out on the 14th floor of the apartment building during the afternoon last Friday (Jan. 3).

Though a spokesperson originally told Reston Now that only one person was transported to the hospital, a tweet from the fire department this morning (Jan. 6) said that a second person was also taken to the hospital for a checkup.

A contractor working in the vacant apartment discovered the fire, which was too small to activate sprinklers, according to the latest Fairfax County Fire and Rescue tweet.

The fire resulted in around $1,000 worth of damages, according to the tweet.

Photo via Fairfax County Fire and Rescue/Twitter

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Updated at 2:40 p.m. — Fairfax County Fire and Rescue tweeted shortly after 2:30 p.m. that the building has been partially re-occupied.

“Rest of building expected shortly,” the tweet said. “Several units are returning to service. No other reported injuries at this time.”

Earlier: Fairfax County firefighters have extinguished an apartment fire at The Cosmopolitan at Reston Town Center.

The fire was reported shortly before 1 p.m., according to a Fairfax County Fire and Rescue spokesperson.

The fire department first tweeted about the apartment fire in the 1800 block of Saint Francis Street around 1:20 p.m., saying crews were trying to determine the source of smoke that appeared from a window on the 14th floor.

One resident was brought to a nearby hospital for a routine checkup, according to the spokesperson, who added that other building residents should be able to return inside shorty.

Shortly before 2 p.m., the fire department tweeted that the “small apartment fire is out.”

“Crews working to remove smoke from 14th floor,” the tweet said.

Image via Google Maps and Fairfax County Fire and Rescue/Twitter

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Fairfax County fire investigators say that the auto-ignition of cooking oil caused a house fire in the Town of Herndon on Jan. 1.

The fire broke out around 2:44 a.m. in the 1400 block of Cuttermill Court. The incident caused roughly $93,750 in damages, according to the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue DepartmentThe fire was caused by cooking oil that spread to nearby combustibles in the kitchen.

Three people were at home when the fire broke out. No injuries were reported.

Fire and rescue officials urge residents to ensure smoke detectors are working inside homes.  In this incident, residents were awakened by the sound of a smoke alarm.

The firefighters and paramedics of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue would like to remind all residents that half of all fire deaths happen between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Working smoke alarms save lives.”

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