ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WJLA) - A massive, six-alarm fire tore through an Alexandria warehouse Monday afternoon, sending a thick plume of smoke into the sky that was visible for miles.
Firefighters from multiple agencies and from as far away as Prince George's County came in to battle the huge blaze, which broke out early Monday afternoon on Pickett Street just west of Van Dorn Street.
The blaze quickly filled a warehouse on South Pickett Street used by construction and recycling companies. Within minutes, plumes of smoke could be seen from Maryland, D.C., and throughout northern Virginia.
The warehouse fire was reported at about noon on Monday and firefighters contained it by about 4 p.m.
Residents couldn't believe their eyes. Fortunately, no one was hurt, but the fire did cause a host of other issues. For example, there was no access to Eisenhower from Van Dorn Street, although Van Dorn has since been reopened between the Beltway and Edsall oad.
Stephen Bota and his family had a difficult time trying to get where they wanted to go, as traffic issues lingered into the evening rush hour.
"For them to shut down a major highway, it must be so bad," he said.
Chief Fire Marshal Robert Rodriguez with the Alexandria Fire Department says no injuries have been reported. He says it's not clear what burned inside, but a sign on the outside of the building says it is a construction and recycling business.
The fire was about a block away from a water main break at the intersection of South Pickett and South Van Dorn streets. Rodriguez says the water main break gave firefighters some trouble, but they worked around it.
According to the fire department, it may be days before they figure out the cause.
The Associated Press contributed to this story. The video attached to the left side of this story was provided by Luis Larrea.