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Teens Called Heroes After Reston Apartment Fire

10:29 PM, Jun 26, 2012   |    comments
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RESTON, Va. (WUSA) -- Three teens are heroes after alerting residents of an Reston apartment complex about a fire. The teens were long boarding around 1 a.m. Tuesday when they thought they heard fire crackers, but they soon realized people were in trouble. They heard a lady screaming about a fire and people inside, so the teens kicked down some doors and pulled some people out of the apartments.

Captain Willie Bailey, spokesman for Fairfax County Fire and Rescue, says they received a report of an apartment fire at 11404 Gatehill Place shortly after 1:00 a.m. The blaze quickly went to three alarms, bringing approximately 80 firefighters to the scene.

No one was injured in the blaze, and the fire is under control. An extensive clean-up operation is underway.

Initially, over 80 residents were affected by the fire and a resulting power outage. Power has since been restored, leaving the occupants of nine units directly affected by the fire looking for lodging for the night. Members of the American Red Cross, as well as Fairfax County Emergency Management are on scene to assist residents.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but a fire official says the damage is estimated at $1 million.

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