Data Center Fire in Ashburn This Morning

Data Center Fire in Ashburn This Morning

Reports and pictures of a rooftop fire at one of the new Ashburn based data centers under construction have been posted on social media.  Update: The Loudoun County Fire Marshal determined that the fire was roofing material catching fire due to a space heater.

With the major increase in data centers which are ultimately a huge draw on power to run, cool and protect servers, there seems to be a growing trend of these centers catching fire.

A data center operated by the Maryland State Police caught fire, shutting down critical operations for law enforcement officials.  A fire recently destroyed the roof of a $2 billion Apple data center in Arizona.  Overseas, in Northern Ireland and Milan, fires have destroyed or caused major damage and loss of service to data centers.

Locally, a major fire broke out at an Amazon Web Services data center construction site in Ashburn, Virginia less than two years ago.

Fire raging on the roof of an Amazon data center construction site in Ashburn, Virginia. (Photo: Rob Johnston, 2015)


Damage inside a data center after a fire can be major

Main picture credit: Steve Bowman, Bowman’s Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical, Inc.

Brian Reynolds