The three-alarm blaze began about 1:30 p.m. at the Southport Apartments in the 6000 block of Edsall Road. Officials say one firefighter suffered minor injuries, but residents of the three-story garden-style complex were evacuated safely.
The fire was under control Tuesday afternoon but had not yet been extinguished. The incident blocked traffic on Edsall Road in both directions.
Alexandria City Public Schools students scheduled to be dropped off at the complex were being returned to their schools until they could be taken to the apartments or picked up by parents.
Students from Patrick Henry Elementary, Douglas MacArthur Elementary, Charles Barrett Elementary, Samuel Tucker Elementary, Frances Hammond Middle Schools and T.C. Williams High School may be impacted.
Parents can call individual schools or the ACPS central office at (703) 824-6335 for more information.
WTOP's Hank Silverberg contributed to this report. Follow him on Twitter.
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