ATF NRT ACTIVATED TO INVESTIGATE ALEXANDRIA INDUSTRIAL FIRE
For immediate release: September 4, 2013
block of South Pickett Street
Fire Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
WHAT: ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Bureau of
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) National Response Team (NRT)
along with ATF special agents from the Washington Field Division joined the
investigation into the industrial fire that destroyed the DC Foam facility
located at 801 South Pickett Street in Alexandria, VA.
The Alexandria Fire Department responded
to the six-alarm building fire and the building quickly became fully involved
in fire and a collapse occurred
causing more than $1 million in damages and injuring one firefighter. This is the second NRT response to
Alexandria, VA in the past two years.
The NRT responded to assist with the investigation of the Virginia
Theological Seminary in 2011.
Agents from the ATF Washington Field
Division arrived on scene Monday, September 2, with the NRT arriving on scene Tuesday,
September 3 at the request of the Alexandria
Fire Department. The team is led by Washington Field Division
Assistant Special Agent in Charge David Brown and Team Supervisor Steve Cordle
of the Alcohol, Tobacco and Arson Enforcement Division (ATAED) of ATF.
“ATF is committed to working
alongside its state and local partners bringing its expertise to determine the
origin and cause of this fire, and provide the resources necessary to
thoroughly investigate and determine the cause.”
In 1978, ATF developed the NRT to bring
its expertise to federal, state and local investigators in meeting the
challenges faced at the scenes of significant explosives and arson incidents. The NRT consists of three regions organized
geographically to cover the United States. Each team can respond within 24
hours to assist state and local law enforcement/fire service personnel in
The team is composed of veteran
special agents who have post-blast and fire origin-and-cause expertise;
forensic chemists; explosives enforcement officers; fire protection engineers;
accelerant detection canines; explosives detection canines; intelligence
support, computer forensic support and audit support. The teams work alongside state and local
officers in reconstructing the scene, identifying the seat of the blast or
origin of the fire, conducting interviews, and sifting through debris to obtain
evidence related to the bombing/arson.
Further complementing the teams’
efforts are technical, legal and intelligence advisers.
a fleet of fully equipped response vehicles strategically located throughout
the United States is available to provide logistical support.
This is the 10th NRT
activation in fiscal year 2013 and the 746th since its inception.
In addition to investigating
hundreds of scenes, the NRT has also been activated to scenes such as the 1993
World Trade Center bombing, the Oklahoma City federal building bombing and the
Sept. 11, 2001, Pentagon crash site, as well as blasts at explosives and
ammunition manufacturing plants, legal fireworks factories and illegal
explosive device manufacturing operations.
More information on ATF can be
found at www.atf.gov.
information, contact PIO Jeff Boshek, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
Explosives at (719) 492-4871 or Robert B. Rodriguez, Chief Fire Marshal /
Community Services Officer / Alexandria Fire Department, at 703.746.5217 or Robert.Rodriguez@alexandriava.gov