MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
Firefighters battled a challenging fire in Clinton this afternoon. Just before 1:00 pm Prince George's County Firefighters responded to the 12600 block of Lunan Road and arrived to find a 2-story single family home with heavy smoke showing.
An interior attack on the fire was initiated with fire involving the first and second floors. Fire conditions were rapidly deteriorating and interior crews were force to evacuate. They transitioned their attack to the exterior where the bulk of the fire was knocked down. Once safe to do so crews re-entered the structure to complete the extinguishment. It required about an hour to extinguish the fire.
Fortunately, no civilian or firefighter injuries were reported.
A family of five adults and two children will be displaced. The family reported that two dogs were still inside the home. One dog was found deceased and the second dog was still missing. The County Citizen Services Unit and American Red Cross are assisting the displaced family.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. Fire loss estimates are still being tabulated. The house and contents suffered significant damage and may be a total loss.
There were two occupants at home when the fire started. They left the home when they saw and smelled the smoke. The occupants and their pets did not have those few extra moments to escape because they had a non-working smoke alarm and did not receive the early notification normally provided by a working smoke alarm.
If you need a smoke alarm and can not afford one, call 311 and request one. A firefighter will make arrangements to visit your home and install one for you, free of charge.
Today is the Safety First Day of the Month of April. Test your smoke and CO alarms to ensure they are working. If not, purchase and install 10-year alarms that never require a battery change again, no joke!!!
Video and images are by PGFD Observer Paul Hawkins (riding with 847)