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Fairfax man allegedly sets fire, then fights firefighters

A Fairfax County man was arrested Thursday morning after he allegedly started a fire in a Franconia area townhouse and then allegedly assaulted the first firefighter to approach the townhouse, Fairfax fire officials said Friday.

The fire erupted shortly after 9 a.m. in an upstairs bedroom of a townhouse in the 6500 block of Gildar Street, near Beulah Street just south of Franconia Road. Fairfax fire spokesman Dan Schmidt said that as the first firefighter carried a water hose to the house, an angry man began fighting with him.

Other firefighters intervened, Schmidt said, and the man was subdued. The fire in the bedroom was contained there and quickly extinguished, but four people who lived in the townhouse were displaced, Schmidt said.

Schmidt did not know why the man attacked the firefighters, or his relationship to the other people in the townhouse.

Sanger J. Bashar, 32, was charged with two felony counts of assaulting a firefighter, five arson-related counts and one misdemeanor charge of refusing to obey a firefighter at an emergency incident.

Damage to the townhouse was estimated at $30,000.

This item has been updated since it was first published.

-- Tom Jackman

By Tom Jackman  |  February 12, 2010; 4:24 PM ET
Categories:  Fairfax , Fires & Fire Safety , Tom Jackman  
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