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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Upper Marlboro House Fire - Mount Calvert Road

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

The structure well involved with fire
Image credit to Chris Hebert of HeroRush.com
At about 2:15 pm, Saturday, January 12, firefighters from Upper Marlboro and other nearby communities were alerted to a house fire.

Fire/EMS units arrived at a 2-story single family home in the 15400 block of Mount Calvert Road to find heavy fire consuming the house. The fire was so well advanced that firefighters could not enter the structure and had to battle the blaze from exterior defensive positions.

This home is located in the rural tier where there are no fire hydrants. Water to battle the fire was shuttled in and delivered by water tankers.

The fire took about 90 minutes to bring under control by the nearly 45 firefighter/medics on the scene.

The house is considered a total loss at an estimated $400,000. Fortunately, no injuries were reported.
The family of 3 adults and 1 teenager will suffer long-term displacement and for now will be staying with other family members in the area.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Riverdale House Fire - Longfellow Street

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

Firefighters from the Riverdale area battled a home fire on Friday night that displaced residents and caused extensive damage.  At about 9:30 pm, Friday, January 11, firefighters responded to a reported house fire in the 6000 block of Longfellow Street.  Fire/EMS units arrived to a find a 2-story duplex with fire showing from 2nd floor windows with smoke issuing from the roof.  Firefighters immediately initiated vertical ventilation, a search of the structure and advanced hose lines inside to begin fighting the fire.  It was quickly determined that one side of the duplex was vacant and the occupants of the home of fire origin were safely outside.

The fire extended up into the attic area before the fire was knocked down.  Firefighters worked for about 20 minutes to completely extinguish the fire.   There were 45 fire and EMS personnel on the scene.  One firefighter sustained some minor burn injuries and was treated and released from a Burn Unit.

One adult and one child are displaced and assisted by the County Citizen Services Unit.  The cause of the fire is under investigation with fire loss estimated at $100,000.

Upon arrival, firefighters encountered a 2-story duplex with fire coming from 2nd floor windows and smoke issuing from the roof.  (photo courtesy of Riverdale Volunteer Fire Department)

2-story duplex - one half of duplex is vacant. (Jim Davis photo)

Firefighters continue their work to ensure the fire is extinguished. (Jim Davis Photo)