WHAT: 3-Alarm apartment fire TIME: 2:58 PM DATE: February 22, 2010 LOCATION: 13009 Mistletoe Springs Road, Laurel, MD, Willow Lake Apartments
PHOTOS and VIDEO: Mark E. Brady An observant police officer observed smoke coming from the roof of a Laurel apartment building, alerted the buildings residents and radioed for assistance from the Fire/EMS Department. On Monday, February 22, 2010, just before 3:00 PM, a City of Riverdale Park police officer saw heavy smoke and was the first alert to residents and firefighters. Fire/EMS units arrived at 13009 Mistletoe Springs Road, Willow Lake Apartment Complex, and found an apartment fire on the top floor of the 3-story garden style apartment building. By the time firefighters started their interior attack on the fire it had extended into the cockloft area and was moving quickly to an adjacent building. A Second and Third Alarms were sounded bringing nearly 100 firefighters on-board 40 pieces of apparatus from Prince George’s, Montgomery, Howard and Anne Arundel Counties. It required about an hour to knock the bulk of the fire down and personnel worked for another 2 hours ensuring the fire was completely extinguished. Aggressive interior suppression and effective ventilation by firefighters working in the semi-attached adjacent apartment building resulted in a successful stop of the fire spread thereby limiting the majority of the damage to the building of origin. Fortunately there were no civilian or firefighter injuries as a result of the fire. Prince George’s County Fire Investigators from the Office of the Fire Marshal determined that the fire started in a top floor apartment and is attributed to an aquarium heat lamp. Fire loss is estimated at $1 million. The fire displaced 27 residents that are being assisted by the Fire/EMS Departments Citizens Services unit and the Red Cross.