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Saturday, December 5, 2015

Firefighter Escapes Injury after Mayday - Dade Street

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
mebrady@co.pg.md.us     @PGFDPIO

A firefighter escaped injury after falling through the floor of a burning house this morning.  Just before 5:00 am, Saturday, December 5, firefighters were alerted to a house fire in the 5700 block of Dade Street in Capitol Heights.  Fire/EMS units arrived to find a 1-story with basement single family home with fire showing.

Firefighters had just extinguished the bulk of the fire on the first floor and basement when a firefighter declared a “Mayday.”  A firefighter operating on the first level fell through the weakened floor to the basement.  The firefighter declared a Mayday and other firefighters already working in the basement quickly located him and removed him to the exterior.  Medics evaluated the firefighter and determined he was not injured.

The fire was soon completely extinguished.  Fortunately, there were no firefighter or civilian injuries.  Fire loss is estimated at $50,000 and the cause is under investigation.  The house was found to be a vacant structure.

Image from the scene on Dade Street by Kentland VFD.

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