MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
At around 12:30 am, Friday, August 19, 2011, Firefighters from Beltsville and surrounding stations were alerted to a report of a house fire. Firefighters arrived at the intersection of Harford Avenue and Queen Anne Avenue and encountered a large 2-story house, under construction, with heavy fire showing. Incident commanders immediately issued orders instructing firefighters that this was to be an “exterior” operation whereas the fire would be controlled from the safety of exterior hose lines and master stream devices. One firefighter sustained a minor burn when a flying ember made contact with him. He was treated and released from an area burn unit.
Nearly 45 firefighters and paramedics were on the scene of this incident which required just over an hour to extinguish.
The Fire/EMS Department Office of the Fire Marshal dispatched Investigators to the scene to search for the cause and origin. The fire remains under investigation and fire loss is estimated at $150,000.