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Saturday, March 17, 2012

House Fire - Cheltenham

Firefighters battle fire on Spinnaker Street in Cheltenham, (Steve Sterns)

Prince George's County Firefighters are battling a fire in a Cheltenham house this morning. At about 9:00 am Fire/EMS units were dispatched to the 9800 block of Spinnaker Street for a report of a house fire. Firefighters arrived to find a 2- story single family home with heavy fire coming from an attached garage. The fire extended up into the second floor and attic. A side wall of the house collapsed and all firefighters were instructed to remain outside and battle the fire from the exterior. The other side wall also is displaying signs of collapse as well. The fire was declared extinguished at 9:50 am.

The family of four adults and two children are accounted for and are OK. No firefighter injuries have been reported. The family will be displaced and assisted by the County Citizen Services Unit.

The cause of the fire is under investigation and fire loss estimates are still
being tabulated.

Mark Brady