Firefighters and Paramedics from the Largo area responded to a condominium fire this morning and discovered more then a fire upon their arrival. Just after 11:00 AM, Friday, July 3, 2009, Fire/EMS units were alerted to 911 reports of a condo fire at 10122 Campus Way South. Firefighters from the Largo Fire/EMS Station were the first to arrive and found smoke coming from a top floor unit at this 3-story garden style condo building. Additional firefighters from Kentland, West Lanham Hills, Ritchie, Forestville, Upper Marlboro and numerous command officers arrived and worked together to initiate efforts to locate and extinguish the fire.
A fire was located in a third floor condo and quickly extinguished.
Firefighters soon discovered what appeared to be a PCP lab in the unit of origin. Fire Investigators and the County Police Department were called to the scene. Fire Investigators determined the fire to be suspicious in nature and is under investigation. The Fire/EMS Department Hazardous Materials Team was requested to assist with the documentation and collection of hazardous materials typically associated with a PCP lab. The County Police Department arrived on the scene and worked jointly with fire investigators and the haz-mat team. The Police have opened an investigation and will take the lead on the drug lab while fire investigators continue to investigate the fire.
The fire caused an estimated $25,000 in loss. Two condos are uninhabitable and the families, 4 adults and five children, will be displaced.