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UPDATE: Fire at Ashburn data center owned by Amazon causes $75K to $100K in damage

Firetrucks sit in the distance after putting out the Ashburn construction site fire. Times-Mirror/Ben Hancock
A fire at an Amazon data center under construction caused $75,000 to $100,000 in damage on Friday, according to Loudoun Fire and Rescue.

The three-alarm blaze broke out about 10:12 a.m. in the the 21200 block of Smith Switch Road in Ashburn.

Fire and rescue personnel from Ashburn, Kincora and Sterling responded to scene to find a fire on the roof. Additional units from Sterling, Arcola, South Riding, Fairfax County and Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority responded to the scene. Approximately 100 personnel were on scene to battle the fire.

The bulk of the fire, which was confined to the roof, roofing and construction materials, was brought under control around 11:20 a.m.

Several workers, who were on the roof when the fire broke out, were able to safely self- extricate from the roof without injury. Following rehab, two firefighters were taken to a local hospital for further evaluation.

The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office determined the cause of the fire to be accidental due to the welding of roof structure components from inside the structure, which ignited nearby combustibles (stored roofing materials).


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