MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
An apartment fire was quickly extinguished and several residents assisted out of the building by firefighters in the Oxon Hill area. just after 12 noon today firefighters responded to 2242 Alice Avenue in the Oxon Hill Village apartment complex. Firefighters from the Silver Hill Fire/EMS Station was the first arriving piece of fire apparatus and reported heavy smoke coming from the rear of the 3-story front/4-story rear garden style apartment building. Dispatchers from Public Safety Communications alerted firefighters that residents on the top floor were trapped in their apartments unable to escape due to the heat and smoke in the stairwell.
Firefighters advanced a hand line into the building and initiated extinguishment while another team of firefighters made their way to the 3rd floor to search for the trapped residents. Firefighters located occupants in two apartments and sheltered in place with them until it was safe to exit down the stairwell. Medics evaluated the residents and everyone checked out OK. There were no injuries during this fire. Firefighters did locate a deceased cat in the apartment of origin.
Firefighters had the fire extinguished with 10 minutes of arrival and limited damage to three apartments. Residents from those apartment will be displaced. A total of 6 adults and 2 children received assistance from the County Citizen Services Unit.
It appears the fire started on the balcony of the 2nd floor apartment and extended into the 2nd floor apartment as well as up to the apartment above. The exact cause of the fire remains undetermined. Fire loss is estimated at $15,000.