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On a weekend designated to adjust clocks back one-hour to end Daylight Saving Time with firefighters asking everyone to change the battery in their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, Prince George’s County Firefighters found themselves battling two unrelated fires. The firefight was completed amongst concerns for gusty winds and falling temperatures. One firefighter sustained minor burn injuries during the first incident and over 50 firefighters were called to the second fire.
At around 5:15 pm, Saturday, November 1, firefighters were alerted to a house fire in the 2900 block of Parkland Drive in District Heights. Firefighters arrived at the 1-story with basement, brick, 1100 sq. ft., single family home with fire showing from the basement. It required 35 minutes to extinguish the fire that appears to have started in the basement. The cause of the fire remains under investigation and fire loss is estimated at $50,000. It is unknown if the home had working smoke alarms.
The American Red Cross provided assistance to the 3 adults and 2 children displaced from the house. One firefighter sustained minor burn injuries and transported to Medstar at Washington Hospital Center Burn Unit where he was treated and released.
At around 2:45 am (EST) today firefighters responded to a fire at a 1-story commercial structure at 2020 University Boulevard in Langley Park. Firefighters encountered a working fire at a Dollar Store and initiated suppression efforts. This structure is a stand-alone retail store that is nearly 8000 sq. ft., originally built in 1957.
With the possibility of rapid extension of fire throughout the building amid concerns for a heavy fuel load and high winds, the Incident Commander asked for a 2nd Alarm to be sounded. The bulk of the fire was extinguished by first arriving firefighters and declared out in about 30 minutes of arrival.
No injuries were reported and the cause is under investigation. Fire loss is estimated at $75,000.
Did you change your battery when you changed your clock??
All images are provided courtesy of Assistant Fire Chief Steve White
Firefighters arrived at the 1-story with basement, brick 1100 sq. ft., single family home with fire showing from the basement.
|Firefighters encountered a working fire at the Dollar Store and initiated efforts to control the fire. This structure is a stand-alone retail store that is nearly 8000 sq. ft. originally built in 1957.|