Firehouse Roof Collapses In Falls Church

Snow being blamed for collapse; second firehouse at risk for cave in

By Andy Salsman
|  Monday, Feb 8, 2010  |  Updated 6:04 PM EDT
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Snow is being blamed for a roof collapsing at a Fairfax County firehouse.

The roof at the Bailey’s Crossroads firehouse in Falls Church collapsed early Monday morning.

County fire department spokesman Dan Schmidt said about 18 firefighters were asleep in their bunksat about 3 a.m. Monday when they were awakened by a crash. Schmidt said the roof over their engine bays had collapsed under more than 2 feet of snow.

Schmidt said  everyone was able to get out safely, but a fire engine, fire truck and three medic units inside were damaged.

 Fairfax County Fire and Rescue officials are still figuring out how much damage was done. They said the roof of the 35-year-old building was replaced about 12 years ago.

There's word that the roof of the Annandale fire station is also at risk of caving in.

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