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Morning Fire at South Lakes Village Center

Two-alarm incident began in roof above Hour Eyes.

Update, 1:20 p.m. - Cafesano says it will be closed until tomorrow. Power was still out as of 1 p.m.

Update, 11:40 a.m.: The power is out from Cafesano to Pet Valu, so all the stores in that part of the center will be closed until at least later Monday.

Affected stores: Cafesano, Hour Eyes, Reston Floral Design, Verizon, Lakeside Asia, Crest Cleaners, Hair and Nails Care, Hair Cuttery, Flippin' Pizza and Pet Valu.

Safeway is open.

Original Story: There were no injuries in a two-alarm fire at South Lakes Village Shopping Center on Monday morning.

Fairfax County firefighters were called to the scene about 8 a.m., when black smoke appeared over the area of the center housing and

The fire was located in the roof above Hour Eyes, said Deputy Fire Chief James Walsh.

"The two-alarm fire was under control in about 10 to 15 minutes," Walsh said.

Gino Maza, general manager at Cafesano, says he and two other employees were in the restaurant at about 8 a.m. when an employee fromknocked on the door and alerted them to the smoke on the roof.

Within a few minutes, more than 15 trucks and 60 firefighters were at the scene.

Walsh says an investigation will determine the origin of the fire and and the amount of damage.

Check Reston Patch later for more details and store closings.

Connie Hartke November 14, 2011 at 02:43 PM
Thanks for the fast reporting Karen. I was headed to my bank this morning but your tweets alerted me that I should delay the errand.
Wildcat Mack November 14, 2011 at 02:45 PM
Wow, quick story. Thanks Patch! I was wondering what was going on there. Save Sano!!!
LH November 14, 2011 at 02:49 PM
I saw this as I was driving to work this morning, thanks for the info! I thought something crazy might have happened, but didn't see much of anything other than the masses of emergency personnel. I wonder if that level of response (15 trucks and 60 firefighters!?) is normal, or if it was just a slow morning?
The Convict November 14, 2011 at 03:19 PM
I was not anywhere near this place when the fire started, so don't blame me.
Uncle Smartypants November 14, 2011 at 03:27 PM
Thank the Gods that Flippin' Pizza was unscathed; the pies at that place rock!!!
Scott November 14, 2011 at 03:38 PM
Great Job on fast reporting Karen - You Rock!
Laurie Levine November 14, 2011 at 03:39 PM
Within a few minutes, more than 15 trucks and 60 firefighters AND KAREN IN HER JAMMIES were at the scene. SAVE THE HUMMUS AT 'SANO!!
Karen Goff November 14, 2011 at 04:43 PM
No joke. Practically in my jammies.
Joel Kobersteen November 14, 2011 at 05:54 PM
Let me begin by saying that I do not speak officially on behalf of the FFX Co Fire & Rescue Dept, but I am a firefighter for the Department and the Communications Director of the Firefighters Local. A normal response for any report of a structure fire is: 4 Fire Engines (16 personnel), 2 Ladder Trucks (6 personnel), a Heavy Rescue Squad (4 personnel), a Medical Unit (2 personnel), 2 Battalion Chiefs (2 personnel), 2 EMS Supervisors (2 personnel) and 1 Safety Officer (1 person). If there is a significant working fire on arrival, or if there are complicating factors (weather, size of building, contents of a building, etc), the incident commander will be proactive and request a second alarm of: 3 Engines (12 personnel), 1 Ladder Truck (3 personnel), 1 Battalion Chief (1 person), a Deputy Fire Chief (2 personnel), a Canteen (not counted in working staffing), a Command Unit (not counted in working staffing) and an Air Unit to refill air cylinders at the scene (2 personnel). I am not sure why the Incident Commander started the second alarm in this case, but fighting a fire in a strip shopping center can be quite labor intensive. With that, it is likely that the Incident Commander was anticipating needing fresh crews to rotate through the firefighting efforts. Rest assured, these are our normal dispatch protocols and procedures and have nothing to do with how slow or busy our day is! Thanks for the question. Feel free to stop by your local firehouse and meet us!
Karen Goff November 14, 2011 at 06:24 PM
Thanks, Joel. And thanks for helping keep Patch in the loop with fire and rescue!
Friends of the Reston Regional Library November 15, 2011 at 01:11 PM
Awesome job Karen and Fire Dept personnel. Quick and decisive. We like it. Hope Cafesano is back up soon. They're the best thing about that shopping center!

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