Fairfax Co. staff. contains a fire on the Woodson High School campus


Fairfax County personnel fought a large fire on the campus of WT Woodson High School for several hours early Sunday morning before extinguishing most of the fires around 8 a.m.

(Video courtesy Joanne Richcreek)

The freezing conditions added to Fairfax County personnel’s challenges to contain a large fire in the building on the WT Woodson High School campus that firefighters fought for hours before the fire was completely extinguished around 8 a.m.

Firefighters were called to a high school in Fairfax, Virginia, around 3 a.m. Sunday after seeing smoke billowing from an administrative building facing Main Street.



The fire lasted into the morning hours and around 8 a.m. was largely under control, except for a few “hot spots” that crews continued to spray. Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief Bill Betz told Luke Lukert of the WTOP that part of the roof and an outside wall collapsed.

Temperatures in the teens Sunday morning added fire -fighting challenges as water gushed to suppress the burning building that spewed into the streets and created slippery areas, a spokesman told Luke Lukert of WTOP.

There were no signs of foul play and the cause of the fire has not been determined, Betz said.

According to the update from the fire department, they believed the building was vacant when they arrived at the scene and no one was hurt.

Photos shared on WTOP showed the machines responding to a single -story building near the corner of Pickett Road and Main Street, which is separate from the rest of the school.

Lukert reported that he heard the sound of chain saws being used to cut parts of the roof which were emitting smoke.

A Fairfax County Fire Department spokesman confirmed the fire was not located inside the main school building.

A second alarm was called to bring in additional resources; the crew was ordered out of the building for fear of falling, and continued fighting the fire from outside.

WTOP’s Alejandro Alvarez and Luke Garrett contributed to this report.

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