A well-regarded Vienna photographer escaped major hurt April 16 right after hearth terribly destroyed the house that for many years has served as his studio.

At about 4:28 a.m. that day, the Fairfax County Fireplace and Rescue Office and City of Fairfax Hearth Division dispatched models to the hearth at 135 Park St., N.E., in Vienna.

Arriving units uncovered flames taking pictures from the roof of the two-story, wood-framed, solitary-spouse and children property. Crews asked for a 2nd alarm due to the fact of the volume of hearth and the unknown range, and position, of occupants who may well have been in the construction.

Crews situated and awakened the lone occupant, T.R. Cook dinner, and assisted him in evacuating the household. Rescue personnel afterwards transported Prepare dinner to a medical center for a checkup.

Fireplace crews carried out an exterior assault on the hearth, then quickly switched to an interior assault and brought the blaze underneath handle. There ended up no described firefighter injuries. The house’s smoke alarms sounded, but Cook could not listen to them, officials claimed.

Hearth investigators determined the blaze began on the next ground and was brought about by spontaneous combustion of household-enhancement products this kind of as sawdust, floor-stain cans and rags.

The fire displaced Cook, who declined assistance supplied by the Pink Cross. The blaze triggered about $513,500 really worth of destruction, officials reported. The Solar Gazette could not achieve Prepare dinner for comment.

Prepare dinner opened Cook’s Photograph Artwork Studio in 1966 and considering that then has photographed generations of region residents. It is unclear how very long the photograph studio has been found at that 8-bedroom home, which in accordance to Fairfax County tax records was designed in 1900 and transformed in 1974.

Cook, a U.S. Military veteran, at age 72 did a static-line parachute bounce in Orange, Va., in 2002 to mark the 50th anniversary of his very first leap.

He is a longtime member and previous president of the Optimist Club of Greater Vienna. The club each spring – together with April 20 this calendar year – gives out presents out T.R. Cook Youth Awards of Excellence to rising higher-university seniors for six spots of excellence: academics, citizenship, high-quality arts, science, sports activities and technologies.

Cook’s engagement with Vienna is legendary, claimed previous Vienna Town Council member Laurie Cole, who also belongs to the Optimist Club.

“He didn’t just be part of regional teams like the Optimists, he led them and recruited for them – I was a single of his recruits!” she reported. “He seemed to know every person, no matter whether from his civic groups or photography business or political exercise.”

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