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Falls Church house fire caused by improperly disposed ashes

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (WUSA9) -- A house fire in Falls Church was caused by improperly disposed ashes, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue said.

Crews responded to the home located at 7118 Terry Lane Sunday night for the report of a house fire. When they got to the scene they found fire coming from the side and attic of the home.

An aggressive fire attack was done and the fire was put out quickly. Nobody was inside of the house when the fire happened. Officials said the house did not have working smoke alarms.

The occupant has been displaced, however did not seek help from Red Cross. According to officials nobody was injured.

Damages are estimated at $80,000. The fire was accidental and was caused by improperly disposed ashes in a metal can from an outside warming fire close to the exterior of the house.

Pack Light, Pack Right While Traveling by Air This Fall

Pack Light, Pack Right While Traveling by Air This Fall

Fall is a time when millions of people around the country begin to make their travel plans. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the busiest travel times of the year are just around the corner, which include Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. There are some great reasons why packing light will help make your trip easier and more enjoyable. And the good news is that it’s not difficult to do, either.

“If you want to pack right when you travel then you really need to focus on packing light,” explains Tina Aldatz, chief executive officer of Savvy Travelers. “There’s much less hassle and stress when you pack light and stick to the basics. You can put your focus on your travel, rather than having all of your attention go to dragging around way too much luggage.”

Here are some Savvy Travelers tips for packing light and right for fall and holiday air travel:



Monza is hosting a Devils Backbone Brewery Beer Dinner on Thurs., Sept. 24 at 6:30 p.m. for $70 inclusive, per person. The four-course dinner will feature Devils Backbone beers that complement new fall menu items. For reservations, go to eatmonza.com.

Monza is presenting a four-course dinner that includes: Greeter Beer, Vienna Lager with a meat and cheese platter; Pilot Brau Czech Pilsener with calamari fritti, lightly battered squid with spicy marinara; Cranberry Gose, roasted butternut squash, curried pears, candied walnuts, Crème Fraiche, sage; Aged 16 Point Imperial IPA with all natural braised beef ragu and butternut squash gnocchi, arugula, Parmesan, olive oil; and Cocoa Danzig Porter with Cocoa Danzig Porter Ice Cream with chocolate-covered bacon, homemade ice cream, bacon, and chocolate.

Fairfax Co. NAACP partners with groups for JEB Stuart HS change

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (WUSA9) -- The Fairfax County branch of the NAACP announced Sunday that they are partnering with student and alumni groups in support of a name change for JEB Stuart High School.

The student group, known as "Students for Change", proposed in May that the name of the high school be changed. An alumni group, known as "Alumni for Change", has also spoken out in support of a change.

“It is time for our public institutions, including our schools, to reflect the values and diversity of today’s citizens and not those held over from the days of segregation," Branch President Shirley Ginwright said in a statement.



Carmello’s is hosting a J. Lohr Winery Wine Dinneron Thurs., Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m. for $80 inclusive, per person. The four-course dinner will feature J. Lohr Winery wines that complement dishes from Carmello’s new fall menu. For reservations, go to www.carmellos.com.  

The wine dinner includes four courses: 2013 J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc with insalata frutti di mare, chilled shrimp, scallops, calamari, lime juice, garlic, onions, bell peppers; 2013 J. Lohr Estates Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir, quinoa black bean salad, quinoa, black beans, peppers, red onions, cilantro; 2011 J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon Costeleta De Porco with marinated pork chops, sautéed onions, peppers, house fried potatoes, zucchini, yellow squash; and 2013 J. Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot with chocolate lava cake.

Music Theatre Workshop to Kick Off at Metropolitan School of the Arts/Broadway Instructors

Music Theatre Workshop to Kick Off at Metropolitan School of the Arts/Broadway Instructors

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) is bringing together an all-star instructor ensemble from around the U.S. to provide a Music Theatre Workshop tailored to provide real-world experience by teaching students the integration of drama, voice, movement and choreographed dance from July 13 to July 24 for ages 8 years-old to 18 years-old for $900 and a junior class from July 20 to 24 for ages 6 years to 7 years old for $500. Both classes are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the MSA Alexandria studio at 5775 Barclay Drive. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org.

Falls Church bakery damaged in accidental fire

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (WUSA9) -- A bakery in Falls Church has severe damages after an accidental fire Tuesday night, according to Fairfax County Fire and Rescue.

The fire happened at Jenin Pastry at 5820 Seminary Road in Falls Church around 9:20 p.m., according to officials.

When crews got to the scene fire was coming from the back of the two-story building. Firefighters conducted an aggressive fire attack and were able to put out the fire quickly. The sprinkler system went off, which helped the fire to stay in the kitchen area, Fairfax County officials said.

The smoke alarm was also activated. Nobody was injured in the fire.

Damages are estimated at $50,000, officials said. The fire is still under investigation, however has been deemed as accidental. Officials say the hot stove cook top was too close to the shelf and caught on fire.