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Friday, January 20, 2012

District Heights House Fire

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

At around 4:00 pm, Friday, January 20, Firefighters from District Heights and surrounding Fire/EMS Stations battled a well-advanced fire.  Fire/EMS units arrived at the 2-story, split-level, single family home with fire on both levels and burning through the roof.  Firefighters initiated a quick interior search for possible occupants and advanced hose lines inside to start attacking the fire.  Conditions on the inside were deteriorating quickly and incident commander ordered all firefighters to evacuate the structure.  The bulk of the fire was extinguished in about 15 minutes from the safety of the exterior.  Firefighters re-entered the structure to complete the extinguishment.

No injuries, civilian or firefighter, were reported.  The fire appears to have started on the lower level of the house and extended to the upper level and through the attic and roof.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.  Preliminary fire loss is estimated at $150,000.

It appears the house interior may have been going through some type of renovation. No one was inside when firefighters arrived.

All images by Mark E. Brady, PGFD PIO

Firefighters arrived to find fire on all levels of the house and through the roof.


A burning section of gutter and siding fell towards firefighters working on the ground.
Fortunately there were no injuries.

A burning section of gutter and siding fell towards firefighters working on the ground.
Fortunately there were no injuries.

A burning section of gutter and siding fell towards firefighters working on the ground.
Fortunately there were no injuries.


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