Fire at Sterling Gold’s Gym Ruled Accidental

Quick actions on the part of Gold’s Gym employees helped avoid injuries after Tuesday afternoon’s explosion and resulting fire.
Just before 4:30pm Tuesday, March 21st, the Loudoun County Emergency Communication Center received multiple 9-1-1 calls advising of a possible structure fire at Gold’s Gym located at 46262 Cranston Street.
Fire and Rescue crews from Sterling Park, Cascades, Ashburn, Lansdowne, Leesburg and Kincora responded to the scene, along with multiple command officers.  Upon arrival, firefighters encountered significant smoke conditions inside the structure and immediately requested additional fire and rescue resources.
Fire and rescue personnel ensured all neighboring occupancies were evacuated and upon entering, located a small fire in the rear of Gold’s Gym. While inside the gym, firefighters discovered significant structural damage to the walls and temporarily withdrew for fear of collapse. Once utilities could be secured and it was verified the structure was safe to re-enter, crews ensured there was no residual fire and worked to ventilate the structure. Due to the size of the building, a large mobile ventilation unit from the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority was requested to clear remaining smoke from the structure.
The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office conducted an investigation and determined the cause of the fire to be accidental. A significant electrical failure occurred involving a high voltage line at or near the same time a fuel air explosion occurred involving methane gas. The facility had been placed on “fire watch” earlier in the day due to problems with the electrical power supply to the fire alarm system. Gold’s Gym personnel were aware of the electrical issues and when they noticed dimming lights, they quickly evacuated everyone from the building. With all patrons and employees safely outside before the explosion occurred, staff prevented potential injuries or deaths.
Minimal burning occurred in the Gold’s Gym building as the fire was contained by the automatic sprinkler system.  The adjacent Marshalls business received minor water damage and the electric and gas services to the entire complex were temporarily turned off. Damages are estimated at $500,000.00.

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