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Friday, October 22, 2010

College Park House Fire - Duke Street

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

Just after 5:00 pm, Friday, October 22, 2010, firefighters from the College Park area were alerted to a house fire in the College Park Woods community. Firefighters from Branchville were the first to arrive at 3424 Duke Street and reported smoke coming from the house.

Upon entering the house firefighters quickly extinguished a kitchen fire and limited fire damage to the area of origin.

No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire remains under investigation and preliminary fire loss is estimated at 50,000.
Firefighters from Berwyn Heights cut a hole in  the roof to ventilate heat and toxic smoke from the interior. (BRADY)

Firefighters quickly extinguished the kitchen fire. (BRADY)

2-Alarm Forestville Townhouse Fire

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



At about 1:45 pm a fire was reported at a townhouse in the 6300 block of Hil Mar Circle East in Forestville. Firefighters arrived to find a row of 2-story with basement, sprinklered, townhouses with heavy smoke coming from the roof area. A fire appears to have started on the ground level, rear exterior of 6302 and extended up the rear wall and into the roof area. The fire also extended to the roofs of the townhouses on both sides before being extinguished. 

A second alarm brought 60 firefighters and medics to the scene on 25 pieces of Fire/EMS apparatus.  It required 45 minutes to knock down the bulk of the fire.

Three families; 6 adults, 1 child and 1 dog will be displaced and are being assisted by the Fire/EMS Department's Citizen Services Unit and the Red Cross.

No civilian or firefighter injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation and a preliminary fire loss is estimated at $200,000.
Rear of Townhouse - Photo by PGFD Citizen Services Unit Billy McNeel

Rear of Townhouse - Photo by PGFD Citizen Services Unit Billy McNeel

Fire Investigators observe damage on the rear side of townhouse (BRADY)