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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

District Heights Townhouse Fire

For Immediate Release: August 24, 2011
Contact: Erroll W. George, Spokesperson, 240-832-5761
www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/FireEMS/ (Homepage)
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District Heights Townhouse Fire
Firefighters from District Heights and surrounding stations were alerted to a townhouse fire in the 6000 block of South Hilmar Circle this evening shortly after 8:00 pm.
Fire/EMS units arrived within minutes and encountered heavy fire on the first and second floors of the 2-story middle of the row townhouse.  A fire task force was quickly sounded bringing additional units to the scene due to the amount of visible fire upon arrival of the first units. 
Initial reports indicated that there was a trapped occupant of the home, however, all occupants were able to escape without injury.  Unfortunately, a deceased dog was found on the second floor of the home.
It required about 30 minutes to extinguish the bulk of the fire. There were 35 firefighter/medics, command officers and support personnel that operated on the scene of this incident.  Despite a partial roof collapse resulting in the building being evacuated by personnel, there were no reported civilian or fire fighter injuries.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation and fire loss has been estimated at $250,000.00 for structure and contents.  Three townhomes were affected by the fire including the house of origin, which was significantly damaged.  Three families were displaced as a result of the fire, 8 adults and 2 children.  Red Cross assisted some of the occupants while others self relocated with other family members.

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