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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Riverdale Heights House Fire Injures Firefighter and Displaces Family

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

A malfunctioning electrical outlet caused a house fire that injured a firefighter and displaced the occupants.  At around 9:30 am, Tuesday, February 23, firefighters were alerted to a fire in a house in the 6600 block of Oliver Street in Riverdale Heights.  Fire/EMS units arrived to find a 2-story, Cape Cod style, single family home with fire showing from the top floor and roof. 

Firefighters conducted a search of the house interior and an interior attack on the fire.  All searches were negative and firefighters had the fire extinguished within 15 minutes of arrival.

One firefighter sustained a small burn injury during the firefight.  He was transported a Burn Unit where he was treated and released.

Fire Investigators found that a malfunctioning electrical outlet started the fire in an attic area converted to a bedroom.  A smoke alarm was in the house but determined to be non-working.  The cause of the fire is accidental and the estimated fire loss is $150,000.  No other injuries were reported.

Six adults and one child are displaced from this house.  The County Citizen Services Unit and the American Red Cross assisted the family with temporary arrangements.

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