MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
A family will be temporarily displaced after a fire damaged their Hyattsville home this afternoon.
Just after 3:30 pm, Saturday, April 9, 2011, firefighters were alerted via 911 callers of a possible house fire. Fire/EMS units arrived within minutes at a 2-story single family home in the 2000 block of Rittenhouse Street to find a working fire on the first floor.
First arriving units from Chillum and Hyattsville worked together to extinguish the fire and search for any occupants. All searches were negative and the fire in a first floor utility room was quickly contained and extinguished.
No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation and a preliminary fire loss is estimated at $25,000.
Acting Fire Chief Marc Bashoor was near the location when the call was dispatched and arrived shortly after command had been established. He used the opportunity to observe operations and commended the crews for an effective and efficient operation.
A family of five, 4 adults and 1 child, will be displaced and assisted with temporary shelter by the Department's Citizen Services Unit and the Red Cross.
Attached photo by Marc S. Bashoor.