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3rd-Floor Ceiling Collapses on Virginia Firefighters

Pulled Out Without Injury

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY AND MANASSAS, Virginia, firefighters were called to an apartment fire late Monday evening just before 11 pm.  The fire which was elevated to two alarms was on the top floor of a 3-story building containing about 20 units.

Manassas FD photo

As FF's were working a hand line on the 3rd floor, the ceiling collapsed on them, temporarily trapping them under the sheetrock and leaving them disoriented.  A call for help was sent and another crew, using ground ladders to the 3rd floor, was able to quickly come to their aid and help them out from beneath the debris.

Shortly after that, the fire broke through the roof of the building and all personnel were withdrawn from the interior.

At least 30 and perhaps as many as 60 residents have been displaced by the fire that caused considerable damage on the 2nd and 3rd floors.  The fire began in one of the 3rd-floor units, but the cause is still under investigation.

WJLA-TV filed this video report:

 

The Potomac Local News has more DETAILS HERE.
Inside NOVA has an 11-image photo gallery HERE.

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