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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Home Depot Fire - Capital Heights

At around 3:30 pm, Tuesday, May 21, firefighters responded to a report of a fire inside a Home Depot Store in Capital Heights. Fire/EMS units arrived at the large, box style, 1-story home improvement store on Hampton Park Boulevard with smoke showing. A fire involving products that included patio furniture and other outdoor items on shelves was located just inside the store between the main entrance and garden center. This area is where seasonal products are typically stored.

The sprinkler system activated helping to limit any fire extension. Firefighters had the fire extinguished within 10 minutes of arrival. The store was evacuated and no injuries have been reported.

Courtesy of Local News Service helicopter image 
An equivalent of a 2nd Alarm was on the scene to assist with extinguishment, smoke removal, salvage and overhaul. There were 25 pieces of fire/EMS units on the scene with staffing of 55 personnel.

Two airboats from Montgomery County Department of Fire and Rescue Services were utilized to assist with the heavy smoke removal.  Units were starting to be released at around 4:45 pm.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. A preliminary fire loss is estimated at $500,000.  Due to the amount of damage and all utilities being shut off by firefighters the store will not re-open for an extended period of time (days or weeks).

The following images were captured by County Fire Chief Marc Bashoor as he surveyed the fire ground.

Mark E. Brady
Chief Spokesman/PIO
Prince George's County Fire/EMS

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