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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Smoke Alarm Alerts Sleeping Kettering Family to Get Out of Burning Townhouse


Media Contact: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
mebrady@co.pg.md.us     Twitter: @PGFDPIO

A Kettering townhouse suffered significant damage in an early morning fire, however, a working smoke alarm awoke the family and allowed them the precious few moments to escape without injury.  Just after 3:30 am, Tuesday, April 8, firefighters from the Largo Fire/EMS Station arrived to a 2-story, with basement, middle of the row townhouse in the 11200 block of Kettering Drive in Kettering.  Firefighters encountered fire condition on all 3 levels with the fire extending to one of the attached townhouses.

The fire eventually burned through the roof and partially damaged the roof of the adjacent townhouse.  A second alarm was sounded bringing additional staffing and equipment to the scene.  A total of about 50 firefighter/medics worked for nearly 30 minutes to knock the bulk of the fire down.

The townhouse of origin and the two attached townhouses sustained some type of damage and the occupants will be displaced.  Two adults from the fire building and 3 adults and 2 children from the other homes are displaced.  The County Citizen Services Unit and the American Red Cross assisted the displaced occupants.

Fire Investigators have classified the cause of the fire as “accidental” and attributed ignition to a “failed power cord” in the basement.  Fire loss is estimated at $150,000.  No civilian or firefighter injuries were reported.




Image provided courtesy of Fire Fighter George Raburn

1st arriving engine was from the Largo Fire/EMS Station.  Image provided courtesy of Fire Fighter George Raburn 
Fire burned through the roof of one townhouse and extended to the roof of the adjacent home.
Image provided courtesy of Fire Fighter George Raburn

Rear view of the townhouse.  Image provided courtesy of Steve Sterns - Citizen Services Unit

Front side of townhouse.  Image provided courtesy of Steve Sterns - Citizen Services Unit

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