Fire at Mall Prompts Evacuation

From today's Metro section:


Dozens of people were evacuated at Tysons Corner Center yesterday evening after a fire broke out at an optical store. No one was injured.

About a quarter of the mall was closed for about 90 minutes until the fire was contained.

The fire started about 5 p.m. in a machine at the Lenscrafters store inside the mall, in the 1900 block of Chain Bridge Road, authorities said.

Fire officials ordered customers and workers at several adjacent stores to move to other parts of the mall because of concerns that chemicals at the optical shop could ignite, said Renee Stillwell, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department spokeswoman.

About a quarter of the mall was closed for about 90 minutes until the fire was contained.

-- Candace Rondeaux

By Focus on Fairfax |  January 25, 2007; 10:23 AM ET  | Category:  Public Safety
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