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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Chapel Oaks Fire Displaces Family

At approximately 9:00 AM, Tuesday, March 2, 2010, Fire/EMS units were dispatched to the 800 block of Booker Place in Chapel Oaks for a possible house fire. Upon arrival units discovered a 2-story, duplex-style, multi-family structure, with heavy smoke showing on the 2nd floor. One occupant was home at the time as was able to escape unharmed. Firefighters were able to contain and extinguish the fire on the 2nd floor and stop any extension to the other side of duplex. A family of 6 (2 adults and 4 children) were displaced and assisted by the Citizens Service Unit and the American Red Cross. No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire was due to an electrical appliance with a preliminary fire loss estimated at $60,000. The structure sustained $50,000 in damages and $10,000 in damages to contents.

Fire/EMS units operating at the scene were Chapel Oaks, Kentland, Seat Pleasant, Ritchie, Landover Hills and District Heights. There were a 45 firefighters/medics operating on the fire ground.

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