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Firefighters in the Fort Washington area stayed busy with battling two structure fires during their 24-hour shift that started on Wednesday, July 1.
The first incident occurred just after 11:30 am at a 2-story single-family home in the 800 block of Newmont Street. A working smoke alarm detected smoke inside the house and emitted a warning which prompted the home occupants to evacuate their home. Upon arrival firefighters found fire showing from a top floor bedroom window. Firefighters confirmed all home occupants were safely outside and quickly extinguished the fire. No one was injured, however, two adults and two children were displaced. The Red Cross – National Capitol Region assisted the family with temporary shelter and assistance. The cause of the fire appears to be accidental with a fire loss estimate of $20,000.
The second incident occurred at around 1:15 am, Thursday, July 2. Firefighters responded to the area of Rosecroft Raceway and located a vacant farmhouse fully involved with fire in the 2500 block of Brinkley Road. A defensive exterior attack was initiated with the fire being declared out at around 2:45 am. No injuries were reported. Fire Investigators will continue to investigate the cause of the fire and placed an estimated fire loss at $100,000.