ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- Fire crews rushed to the Market Common shopping center on Clarendon Boulevard after an electrical vault caught on fire, officials said. The fire cut off power to the apartments and stores on the blocks and surrounding street.
The 2-alarm fire broke out in the 2800 block of Clarendon Boulevard Tuesday. The Arlington Fire Department said they first got a report of an explosion around 8:50 a.m.
When the Arlington Fire Department arrived, they used the airport fire crew’s help to use dry chemicals to put out the fire. Thick black smoke could be seen rising above the shopping center for hours.
“I look out of my window and I just see blooms of black smoke coming out,” said John Eubank.
Arlington Fire officials said they were able to contain the fire to the vault and believed no other buildings were damaged.
“I think we’re going to be without power for a couple of days,” said Jackie Hart, who heard from her apartment complex that it could take several days to for the power to come back.
“And I’m just trying to figure out where am I going to stay,” she said.
Dominion Power is working to restore power to people who live in the apartments above the shopping center and the stores in the u-shaped driveway, which includes the anchor store Barnes & Noble.
Workers on scene guessed it would take anywhere from two days to a week to have everything working again.