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Prince George’s County Firefighters in the Fort Washington area battled a house fire last night that involved a partial collapse. Just after 10:00 pm, Fire/EMS units were alerted to a house fire in the 14200 block of Cold Harbour Drive in Accokeek. Firefighters arrived to find a 2-story with walkout basement 3600+ sq. ft. single family home with heavy fire showing. The structure, built in 2004, was well involved with fire and reported to be unoccupied/vacant. The Incident Commander made a decision to not allow any personnel inside the structure due to unsafe conditions. Shortly after arrival a partial collapse did occur of the side of the house. Fortunately, no injuries occurred on this incident.
It required about 2-hours to knock down the bulk of the fire. One contributing factor to the fire duration was that a natural gas line was feeding it. The utility had to be shut down before the fire could be extinguished.
Fire Investigators estimated fire loss at $400,000 and have the listed the cause of the fire as undetermined.
This short video was captured by Fire Fighter/Medic Julius W. Lipscomb III upon his apparatus arrival.
This fire comes on the heels of another unoccupied/vacant house fire that occurred on Tuesday, May 19, just before 5:00 pm. Firefighters arrived to find fire showing from this house located in the 13000 block of Piscataway Drive in Fort Washington, less than 3 miles away from the Cold Harbour location. Firefighters were able to quickly control and contain this fire within 20 minutes of arrival. No injuries were reported.
Fire Investigators estimated fire loss at $100,000 and have the cause of this fire as undetermined.