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Manassas fire displaces people, injures firefighters

A fire in a third-floor apartment in the 11200 block of Lady Jane Loop in Manassas displaced about 60 residents in the 24-unit complex Monday night.

One resident and two firefighters were taken to a hospital; two other firefighters had minor injuries. The damage was estimated at $500,000.

An investigation was ongoing.

Police will crack down on commuter parking this week

Prince William County police will enforce proper parking in the Prince William Parkway and Telegraph Road commuter lot this week.

They will target vehicles parked behind bus stop islands, which have traditionally been informal slug lines. They also will crack down on cars driving in the “bus only” lane.

Violators will be ticketed and/or towed.

County advertises real estate tax rate of $1.196

The Prince William Board of County Supervisors approved an advertised real estate tax rate of $1.196 per $100 of assessed value for the fiscal 2014 budget.

The board can adopt a lower rate but not a higher one. A public hearing on the rate will be at 7:30 p.m. April 9 at the McCoart Administration Building, 1 County Complex Ct., Woodbridge.

The board is scheduled to adopt a final tax rate, budget and Capital Improvement Plan on April 23. For information, visit

Several county schools hosting 5K fundraisers

Several Prince William County schools are hosting 5K races.

→The Gainesville Middle School parent and teacher organization is sponsoring a 5K race and one-mile fun run for runners of all ages March 16. Proceeds will benefit the school and the SERVE Campus of Northern Virginia Family Service. The fun run will start at 8 a.m. and the 5K at 8:30 a.m. Register at

→Registration is open for the Battlefield High School 5K race at 9 a.m. March 23. Proceeds will benefit the school’s athletic training program. To register, go to

→Bristow Run Elementary School will hold a 5K at 8 a.m. April 6. Proceeds will support global awareness initiatives at Bristow Run, such as literacy programs and a “Global Garden” with crops and vegetation from around the world. For information, visit

— Compiled by Sarah Lane

and Mari-Jane Williams

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