Fire Rips Through Fairfax Bank Roof

The fire was the latest in a string of blazes in Virginia and Maryland on Wednesday

A fire ripped through the roof of a bank in Fairfax, Virginia, on Wednesday, causing part of it to collapse and sending a black plume of smoke into the air that could be seen for miles.

The blaze broke out at United Bank at the Fair Lakes Shopping Center just after 4 p.m., the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department said.

Aerial footage showed firefighters dousing the roof, which partially collapsed.

The fire was under control about an hour and a half hour later, officials said.

The blaze was the latest in a string of fires in Virginia and Maryland on Wednesday. Earlier in the day, a fire destroyed a block of townhomes in Prince George's County and two other three-alarm fires broke out in Centreville.

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