A six-alarm fire that sprung from a Pickett Street warehouse close to noon was contained at around 3:20 p.m., according to the City of Alexandria.
A city official tells Patch one firefighter was taken to the hospital for treatment of a “minor medical condition” related to the huge blaze, which cast a huge plume of smoke above the city that could been seen from miles away.
Fire crews from several neighboring jurisdictions were called in to battle the blaze, including Arlington and Fairfax Counties as well as Prince George’s County, Md.
Multiple roads in the area around the warehouse in the 800 block of Pickett Street were expected to remain closed throughout the evening, including Van Dorn Street between Edsall Road and Eisenhower Avenue and South Pickett Street headed westbound.
The city advises residents to avoid the area until further notice.
That cause of the fire has not been announced.
Bill Blackburn of Pork Barrell BBQ in Del Ray said he used to store equipment in the warehouse, which is located at 801 Pickett St. He said that it was “filled to the brim” with rolls of carpet a few years ago.
The warehouse currently contains a construction company and several other businesses, according to NBC Washington. Those businesses were closed for Labor Day.
This article has been edited since it was published.