Story by Major Erroll George - Acting PGFD PIO
At approximately 9:45 AM, Monday, June 15, 2009, Fire/EMS units from the Forestville and surrounding areas were alerted to a reported house fire in the 6400 block of Pennsylvania Avenue. Upon arrival, units encountered an apartment building with smoke and fire showing from the second floor and roof. A second alarm was sounded and additional units were alerted to assist with the large fire. It took approximately 30 to 45 minutes for the 65 firefighters to bring the fire under control.
Residents of the apartment building will be displaced and will be placed in other units by the Property Management Company. A preliminary fire loss is estimated at $200,000 and the cause is under investigation. One civilian was evaluated on the scene by Paramedics but did not require further medical attention.