By Paul Bello, Belvoir EagleApril 29, 2011
FORT BELVOIR, Va. - A two-story duplex in River Village was lost as a result of a fire shortly after midnight on April 20.
No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is still under investigation, according to Fort Belvoir fire marshal Jerry Jett.
At approximately 12:34 a.m., units from Belvoir's Fire and Emergency Services responded to calls of a residential fire at 5405 and 5407 Hudson Road, Jett said.
The home was under renovation at the time and no one was living inside the duplex, according to Jett. This was a relief for firefighters who extinguished the fire and had the site under control after a few hours.
"It's still too early to determine where and how the fire started, but no one was hurt and all the firefighters that responded were okay," Jett said. "In our line of work that's considered a good call."
Firefighters from Belvoir stayed on the scene for several hours conducting precautionary spot maintenance. Jett thanked members of the Fairfax County Fire Department for their assistance in controlling the blaze that engulfed the structure.
"This was a team effort and everyone did an outstanding job," Jett said. "This is what we train for. The response was great and we're happy with the ending."
Fort Belvoir's Residential Communities Initiative began renovating homes in River Village in March 2010. It has not been determined whether the duplex will be rebuilt, according to Casey Nolan, project manager of Clark Realty Capital, LLC.
According to Belvoir's FES, the fire caused an estimated $185,000 in damage.