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A townhouse fire in Laurel displaced 9 residents and injured one firefighter. On Wednesday, January 29, just after 7:00 pm, firefighters from Laurel and surrounding communities were alerted to a townhouse fire in the 400 block of Compton Avenue. Firefighters arrived to find heavy fire coming from a 2-story, end of the row, triplex, townhouse. An interior attack on the fire and simultaneous search of the structure commenced before conditions became untenable and all personnel evacuated the structure. Using hand lines and large master streams from ladder trucks the fire was brought under control from the safety of exterior positions. Once safe to do so, firefighters re-entered the structure to complete extinguishment, which required about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Firefighters from Howard, Montgomery and Anne Arundel Counties assisted firefighters from Laurel and throughout northern Prince George’s County on this fire. A 2nd Alarm was sounded with most of those units staging nearby in the event they were needed.
There were a total of 9 residents displaced. An adult male from the townhouse of origin and 6 adults and 2 children from the townhouse on the opposite end. The townhouse in the middle is vacant. All displaced residents were making their own living arrangements. The County Citizen Services Unit was on the scene assisting those displaced.
A Firefighter from Laurel Fire/EMS Station 810 received burn injury to both ears while fighting the fire. He was treated and released from the Burn Unit at Medstar Washington Hospital Center.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation and is listed as “undetermined.” Fire loss is estimated at $300,000 for contents and structure.