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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Largo House Fire - Falcon Drive

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
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Fire Fighter/Medic Sara Shaffer holds a family pet that was resuscitated after being removed from burning home.  Photo by Billy McNeel, County Citizens Services Unit.
At around 7:00 am, Tuesday, December 31, 2013, firefighter/medics were alerted to a 911 report of a house fire in the 800 block of Falcon Drive in the Largo area.  Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke coming from the basement of a 2-story single family home.

Firefighters initiated an interior attack and search of the house.  An adult male occupant, 20ish years of age, had escaped the burning home prior to the Fire/EMS Department arrival, however, sustained burn injuries and smoke inhalation injuries.  He was treated by paramedics and transported to a Burn Unit with non-life threatening injuries.

Firefighters required 20 minutes to extinguish the fire.  During the search of the home four family pets, 1 dog and 3 cats, were found and removed from the house.  The cats were found lifeless and resuscitative efforts were initiated.  Firefighter/Medics were successful in reviving a cat, however, two cats perished.  The dog appeared to be in good condition.

A total of four adults will be displaced and assisted by the County Citizen Services Unit.  The cause of the fire is under investigation and damage estimates are still being tabulated.  There were no firefighter injuries reported.

PGFD Firefighter/Medics work to revive family pets.  Photo by Fire Chief Marc Bashoor
Courtesy of WUSA TV 9 News

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