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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Beltsville Townhouse Fire

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930

Prince George’s and Montgomery County Firefighters were alerted to a townhouse fire at about 3:00 pm, Wednesday, October 20, 2010.  Firefighters from the Beltsville/Calverton Fire/EMS Station arrived first at 3762 Evans Trail Way in Beltsville and encountered a 2-story, with basement, non-sprinklered, middle of the row townhouse with heavy smoke showing. Firefighters advanced hoselines into the home and ensured all occupants were out of the structure. Firefighters quickly located a fire in the basement and had it knocked down within 10 minutes of arrival. There was some extension to the upper floors which was also quickly extinguished.

The family of seven that reside in the home includes an adult female and her six children ranging in age from 17 up to 24. The house and family did not have the benefit of a working smoke alarm and were fortunate to have escaped the fire without injury. The family will be displaced and are being assisted by the Fire/EMS Departments Citizen Services Unit and the American Red Cross. No firefighter or civilian injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation and fire loss is estimated at $50,000.

Anyone that needs a working smoke alarm can have one installed in their home, free of charge, by contacting our Smoke Alarm Hotline at 301-864-SAFE (7233).

Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke and a fire in the basement of a townhouse. (BRADY)

Firefighters operate on the rear side of the townhouse. (BRADY)

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