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Large Fire Shuts Down Centreville Road Friday Morning

Fire officials said two people suffered injuries in a fire at Byrd Tractor Inc. on the 7200 Block of Centreville Road.

Police had to temporarily close Centreville Road following a fire in the Yorkshire area that caused minor injuries to two people, and traffic was backed up for hours. 

Capt. Tom Pearson Assistant Fire Marshal of the Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue said the fire occurred at Byrd Tractor, which shares a building with A-1 Glass. The business is on the 7200 block of Centreville Road, close to the Fairfax County border.

"First-arriving units encountered heavy smoke and fire conditions and initiated an exterior attack," Pearson wrote in a news release. "Incident commanders requested a second alarm shortly after their arrival. The fire is currently out and mop-up operations are underway."

The Fire Marshal's office is investigating the cause for the fire, he said, and the two people who were injured refused treatment. No estimate of the damage was available. 

Police closed both directions of the roadway at 9 a.m. just after the fire, Prince William County police spokesman Jonathan Perok said. On the Fairfax County side, police would allow motorists to go no further south than the intersection of Compton Road. There were heavy traffic backups on Route 28 in both directions. 

Fire and rescue units from Prince William County, Manassas, Manassas Park, and Fairfax County, in addition to Prince William County Hazardous Materials units responded to the fire. 

Updated 12:48 p.m.

Mya May 19, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Second fire accrued at 9 pm when I passed from a party we thought that the fire was put out but it came back. I kept thinking to myself is every one alright? I didn't know what to say when I saw it happend again but thankfully and hopefully no one was inside the second time and no one was hurt.
Jamie M. Rogers May 19, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Hi Mya, I don't think anyone was hurt in the second blaze. I fire capt. emailed me this morning and he didn't mention anything about it.
ME June 03, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Hello please dont think the fire is done with all of our lifes i have never seen in all of my life a group of people come togather as the emloyes , families & friends of byrd tractor & a-1 glass have. This is not just a tradgy for two buisnesses it is over thirty familys. It is hard to emagine that after these two buisnesses have been in the county for more than thirty five years Prince William County would not eaven alow a johnie one the spot with out a permit. This could take up to six weeks they say. The owners & employes want to stay at the location where they have been for 35 plus years. This is just a very small part of dealing with the politics of PWC We are just people trying to Work pay our taxes & earn a liveing. We all at A-1 glass & Byrd Tractor hope we get the support needed to continue provideing our services to the county. Thank you Me.

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