Prince George's County Fire Investigators are looking into the cause of two overnight fires. Firefighters quickly handled these incidents occurring early morning, May 12, 2011.
The first incident occurred just before 1:00 am at Big Bens Market at 805 Larchmont Avenue in Capitol Heights. Firefighters arrived to find a two story commercial structure with fire and smoke showing from the second floor. Firefighters initiated an interior attack and quickly extinguished the fire. Investigators indicated the cause and origin are under investigation. The fire loss is estimated at approximately $35,000.00 total for the structure and contents.
No injuries were reported.
At about 1:30 am Firefighters were alerted to a house on fire at 6306 Gateway Boulevard in District Heights. Upon arrival firefighters discovered a 1 ½ story single family dwelling with fire showing from the 1st floor on the rear side of the structure. An interior attack as well as a search and rescue was initiated. The fire was quickly extinguished and searches confirmed the lone occupant had exited the burning structure safely prior to the Fire/EMS Departments arrival. The Fire/EMS Departments Citizens Services Unit was on the scene and provided assistance to the displaced occupant. Fire Investigations classified this fire was also under investigation. The fire loss is estimated at approximately $75,000 total for the structure and contents. No injuries reported.
As indicated, both of these fires are under investigation. Officials are conducting a full investigation into each of these incidents. At this point nothing has been ruled out as a cause and each case will be reviewed for similarities.
Mark E. Brady