Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Oxon Hill K of C "Byrne Manor" Suffers Total Loss
The Knights of Columbus Hall in Oxon Hill suffered a total loss from a fire that consumed the structure early this morning. Just after 2:00 AM, Tuesday, July 28, 2009, the District of Columbia Fire Department Office of Unified Communications notified Prince George’s County Public Safety Communications of the building fire. Initial reports from DCFD reported that fire had already extended through the roof of the Knights of Columbus Hall at 1501 Southern Avenue in Oxon Hill.
Prince George’s County Firefighters arrived and encountered a 1-story commercial structure with heavy fire showing from the first floor and through the roof. Firefighters immediately went into a defensive operation battling the blaze from the safety of the exterior of the well involved structure. It required 90 minutes for 40 firefighters to bring the fire under control. Fire Investigators have initiated their search for the cause and origin of the fire and have estimated fire loss at $1 million. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries reported.
Knights of Columbus Bishop Patrick J. Byrne Council #3877, “Byrne Manor,” was a popular community social hall that had hosted countless party and social events.