great falls fire station demolition

Great Falls Fire Station Demolition - Great Falls, Virginia

Today marked a big event in Great Falls, Virginia - the demolition of the fire station that has been serving the Great Falls community since 1960. I don't live too far from the station, so when I was informed it was going to be torn down today, I decided to take the opportunity to document it. It's not every day that a 50-year-old fire house gets torn down, and if you know anything about where it's located, you know it's on a very public and busy road (Georgetown Pike) directly across from the post office. Many people, young and old, stopped to watch the demolition. Although I missed the demolition of the three garages (which my sister-in-law photographed...hope to post that link later!), I was fortunate enough to be there when they tore down the entrance to the fire station, and the glass window that read "9916." I took video as well, so please enjoy the photographs and video compilation at the bottom! I'd like to thank Diana who is in the video below (last segment) for speaking with me today and getting me two bricks from the firehouse! Yippee! Also, if any of you readers would like to use these images for publication or personal use, please write me at You are more than welcome to publish, so long as I receive photo credit! Thanks, and enjoy!

Here's a before picture that I found on the interwebs. I can't believe I didn't take a photo of it prior to demolition (sorry!):

great falls virginia firehouse Pictures, Images and Photos

And here is demolition (gasp!):

Bye bye, water heater:

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This is the aftermath (taken at 5:00 pm):

This last one is lit by the rush hour cars passing by...nice off-camera lighting!

Here's the video:

Oh! I forgot to mention...not to worry, the firemen and women are safely hanging out in their temporary facility, located directly behind the old firehouse (which you can see in the last two photos, the green and white buildings). Additionally, to read information on the new fire station that will be constructed soon, go here. Thanks for looking!