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FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) Some firefighters in Fairfax County didn't have to go very far to respond to a roof collapse overnight it was in their own firehouse.

County fire department spokesman Dan Schmidt says about 18 firefighters were asleep in their bunks at the Bailey's Crossroads station around 3 a.m. Monday when they were awakened by a crash. Schmidt says the roof over their engine bays had collapsed under more than two feet of snow.

Schmidt says everyone was able to get out safely, but the fire engine, fire truck and medic units inside were damaged.

He says emergency services continue in the area with increased staffing at nearby stations and a fire engine and ambulance are outside the station.

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