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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Firefighters Use Foam to Extinguish Brentwood Blaze


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

Firefighters fought a fire in a Brentwood duplex that was so packed with “stuff” they had to retreat and use foam to completely extinguish the blaze.  At around 5:45 pm, Friday, January 4, firefighters were alerted to a fire in a 2-story duplex in the 3400 block of Webster Street with fire on both floors of one home.  Firefighters were challenged to gain access to the homes interior as it was packed full of Class A combustibles; stacked floor to ceiling in some places.  The hoarder conditions resulted in firefighters having to evacuate the home for their own safety. 

Firefighters re-grouped and initiated a different strategy to fight the fire.  Foam was applied to assist in complete extinguishment of the fire involving the large amount of combustibles stacked inside the home.  The application of foam is used to coat the fuel load to cool and smother the fire; foam eliminates oxygen from the combustion equation.  Firefighters remained on the scene for an extended period of time overhauling the debris.

No injuries were reported.  The County Citizen Services Unit was on location assisting the occupant that was displaced.  The cause of the fire is under investigation and fire loss is estimated at $25,000.

Photos are courtesy of Billy McNeel, County Citizen Services Unit.

Firefighters stand outside a Brentwood home where foam was applied to help extinguish the fire. (Billy McNeel)

Firefighters stand outside a Brentwood home where foam was applied to help extinguish the fire. (Billy McNeel)

Firefighters stand outside a Brentwood home where foam was applied to help extinguish the fire. (Billy McNeel)


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