A Beltsville family escaped safely from their home after being awakened by their barking dog and activated smoke alarm. Firefighters from the Beltsville Fire/EMS Station and surrounding stations were alerted at 6:00 AM, Tuesday, October 13, 2009, and arrived to find fire showing from both floors of the 2-story, non-sprinklered, single family home at 4600 Naples Avenue. The fire burned through the roof of the house before firefighters were able to gain control and knock the fire down. Thirty firefighters worked for 20 minutes to knock down the bulk of the fire. There were 3 adults and 5 children at home this morning and all escaped without injury. A firefighter sustained a burn injury to his upper body and was treated and released from a burn unit at a local hospital.
The Fire/EMS Departments Citizen Services Unit and the American Red Cross will assist the family of 2 adults and 9 children with temporary shelter. Fire Investigators continue to investigate the cause of the fire and fire loss is estimated at $250,000.
Any citizen and resident may have a working smoke alarm installed in their home, free of charge, by calling the Fire/EMS Department Smoke Alarm Hotline at 301-864-SAFE (7233). A member of the Department will contact you and set up a time to come to your home and install your working smoke alarm.