Eisenhower Ave Reopens After 2-Alarm Blaze

6:20 PM, May 29, 2012   |    comments
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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) -- Firefighters in Alexandria battled a two-alarm blaze that shut down Eisenhower Avenue near the Van Dorn Street Metro Station early Tuesday morning.  The road has reopened.

Brian Hricik, EMS Operations Manager for Alexandria City, responded to the incident.  He says the fire broke out at Atlantic Self Storage at 4900 Eisenhower Avenue.  Hricik says the first fire crews who arrived on scene called for a second alarm due to the large amount of fire showing from the structure.

Firefighters from Fairfax County also assisted in fire operations.  Hazmat crews were also called in as a precaution due to the unknown contents of the storage units, Hricik said.

Approximately 80 units in the complex were involved or damaged due to the heat and fire. A preliminary estimate lists the damage at $140,000.

The fire response shut down Eisenhower Avenue between the Van Dorn Street Metro and the Eisenhower Connector for a few hours.  All lanes reopened shortly after 8 a.m.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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