MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930, email@example.com
At about 3:45 am, Sunday, February 26, Fire/EMS units were alerted to a house fire in Chillum. Firefighters arrived at a 2-story single family home in the 8000 block of 18th Avenue with heavy fire showing from the rear of the structure. It appears the fire may have started on the rear deck with extension to the interior. At the height of the incident the fire burned through the roof of the home and all firefighters were evacuated to the safety of the exterior where the bulk of the fire was knocked down. Firefighters re-entered the structure to complete the extinguishment. The fire was declared out at about 4:25 am. The occupants were displaced and assisted by the County Citizen Services Unit. Fire Investigations was on the scene and indicates the cause is under investigation. The fire loss was placed at approximately $150000 total for the structure and contents. No injuries reported.