MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
At about 12:30 pm, Monday, January 12, Firefighters from the District Heights area were alerted to a townhouse fire. Fire/EMS units arrived in the 7000 block of Marbury Court to a 2-story middle of the row townhouse with a working fire. Initial arriving firefighters had the fire extinguished within 8 minutes of arrival.
As with previous fires over the weekend the structure had working smoke alarms which alerted the occupants. The occupants evacuated and went to a neighbors house to call 911. There were no injuries reported.
The cause of the fire is believed to be a candle that ignited furniture. The fire caused an estimated $25,000 in fire loss to the structure and contents. One dog was found deceased while another was saved.
One adult and 5 children will be displaced. They are being assisted by the County Citizen Services Unit and the American Red Cross with temporary shelter.
Smoke alarms save lives. If you need a smoke alarm and can not afford to purchase one call 311 and a firefighter will make arrangements to install one in your home, free of charge.