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Prince George’s County Firefighters battled a fire in a District Heights townhouse this morning after several citizens called 911 to report the fire. At around 8:30 am firefighter/medics were alerted to a fire in a townhouse in the 6000 block of Surrey Square Lane. Battalion Chief 883 was the first to arrive and encountered a 2-story, middle of the row, townhouse with smoke showing from the front. As additional units arrived a 360 check of the structure found fire showing on the rear of the townhouse. A 360 is performed by first arriving firefighters to determine conditions on the rear and any available means of egress from the lower levels.
As hose lines were stretched and water supply established it was quickly determined that the home occupant had made it outside, albeit injured. An update from firefighters operating on the rear side advised it appeared the fire started on a rear deck and extended up the exterior wall and into both floors of the townhouse interior. It required about 15 minutes to extinguish the fire.
The homeowner, an adult male, was transported by ambulance to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries. The cause of the fire is undetermined. Fire loss estimates are still being tabulated.
The townhouses on either side of the townhouse of origin were protected by firefighters that prevented any fire extension. While the adjoining townhouses were not damaged by fire their utilities were shut off for safety reasons. The County Citizen Services Unit will assist in determining the need for the American Red Cross and assistance for displaced residents.
The only injury was to the homeowner.
Images of rear of townhouse by PGFD Civilian Manager Ricky Riley