Firefighters were alerted at about 7:30 am, New Years Day, 2013, for a fire at the First Wesleyan Church of Oxon Hill, 1801 Iverson Street.
Fire/EMS units arrived to find two interior areas of the 1-story structure on fire. Heavy fire on the interior had extended into the roof area before being brought under control after 25 minutes of battling the blaze. No firefighter or civilian injuries occurred.
Due to the heavy fire visible on arrival, a Second Alarm was sounded bringing additional Firefighter, paramedics and support units to the scene. The majority of the additional alarm was on stand-by and eventually were placed available after the initial alarm of firefighters gained control of the fire and extinguished it.
Preliminary fire loss is estimated at over $100,000. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) are notified by Fire Investigators after any fire at a House of Worship. It is quite possible that ATF Agents will join the Prince George's County Fire Investigators into the search for the cause and origin of this fire.
PGFD Chief Spokesperson
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