Regional Briefing

Regional Briefing

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Fire Ravages Fairfax Stores

A grocery store and several adjoining businesses in a Falls Church area shopping center were damaged last night when a four-alarm fire engulfed the buildings, the Fairfax County fire department reported.

Lt. Raul Castillo, a department spokesman, said flames were shooting through the roof of the E Mart, an international grocery store, when firefighters arrived at the shopping center about 10:40 p.m. The roof later collapsed, he said.

Firefighters had the blaze under control in about an hour and forty minutes, Castillo said. No injuries were reported.

Castillo said investigators had not determined the cause of the blaze or estimated the amount of damages. Several adjoining businesses, including a Starbucks coffee shop and a nail salon, were also damaged in the fire.

-- Annie Gowen

Police Probe Cabdriver's Killing

A cabdriver found dead early Sunday might have been killed during a robbery attempt, Alexandria police said yesterday.

Khalil Siddiqi, 50, of Fairfax was killed by a gunshot to the upper body, authorities said. His body was found in his cab about 12:20 a.m. at Princess and Buchanan streets, in a residential area east of the Metrorail tracks.

Police have not made any arrests. Anyone with information is asked to call the Alexandria Police Department at 703-838-4444 or 703-838-4711.

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