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An electrical fire at 206 Oak St S.W. on Sunday night will displace four residents from their home.

An electrical fire and gas leak at 206 Oak St SW on Sunday night caused about $100,000 in damage, fire officials said. Nobody was injured. (Credit Erica R. Hendry)

Vienna Patch: Fire on Oak Street Displaces Four

Firefighters responded to the two-alarm fire, caused by a gas leak in the basement of the home, around 9:30 p.m., Fairfax County Fire Batallion Chief Greg Bunch said. The fire caused about $100,000 worth of damage, he said.

As of 10:30 p.m., Bunch said the gas had been shut off and the house was secure. No other homes on the block would be affected, he said.

Units from Vienna, Dunn Loring, Merrifield, Tysons and Fairfax City blanketed the length of Oak Street and its intersection with Cottage Street, turning away traffic as firefighters walked the perimeter of the home and continued to work inside.

The four occupants, including an elderly residents, self-evacuated before firefighters arrived on scene, Bunch said.

They were waiting in the safety of a neighbor's home, he said. No injuries were reported.

When units first responded, however, dispatchers reported a man down, repeating "mayday" three times. Bunch said a female firefighter got disoriented by the smell of the gas and separated from the group as they entered into the basement; she evacuated unharmed.

It is not clear how long the residents will be displaced.

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I don't think God had anything to do with her inability to find the stairs
I have replayed the audio several times, you hear an officer report that he evacuated the basement, then moments later you hear the mayday. It is not for me to judge the operations of this incident, but Crew Integrity is very important in all situations. Sounds like the RIT team did a great job, Kudo's to the department for getting it done.
Going to have to agree with you on that one.
Well done RIT!! Command was also very calm on the radio which helped out with the run. You could have imagine if he lost his head on hearing one of his firefighters calling a Mayday.

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