Two homes sustained significant damage forcing the occupants to seek temporary shelter but no one was injured on Saturday, April 27, in Chapel Oaks and Lanham.
Fire/EMS units from the Chapel Oaks area were alerted to a house fire at about 4:30 pm. Firefighters arrived at a 2-story single family home with fire showing. Firefighters knocked the fire down within 15 minutes. The Incident Commander determined the cause of the fire was electrical in nature and estimated fire loss at $100,000. The County Citizen Services Unit assisted the family of 6; 4 adults and 2 teenagers, with displacement assistance.
A unrelated home fire occurred just 15 minutes later at 9317 Kimbark Avenue in Lanham. Fire/EMS units responded to this fire at 4:45 pm and arrived at 9317 Kimbark Avenue, a 1-story with basement single family home, with fire showing. There were about 40 firefighter/medics working on the scene of this incident that required about 30 minutes to knock down. First arriving firefighters advanced hose lines into the home and were conducting a search of the basement for an unaccounted occupant. Fire conditions continued to intensify and the Incident Commander ordered all firefighters to evacuate. The unaccounted occupant was soon located at a neighbors home and was not injured. Firefighters regrouped and re-entered the home and extinguished the fire. Fire Investigators believe this fire may have started on the rear exterior of the home and extended to the interior. The exact cause of the fire remains under investigation. Fire Investigators determined an estimated fire loss at $75,000.
The Citizen Services Unit assisted the displaced occupants.
Mark E. Brady