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Monday, September 20, 2010

Forestville Apartment Fire Quickly Extinguished

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

At about 6:30 pm, Monday, September 20, 2010, Fire/EMS units were alerted to an apartment on fire at 3233 Walters Lane. Firefighters arrived at the 3-story apartment building to find fire coming from a terrace level unit with fire extending up the exterior of the building. An aggressive interior attack was mounted and the entire building was searched.

A precautionary Second Alarm was sounded, however, were never utilized as first arriving firefighters knocked down and contained the fire to the apartment of origin. Residents had escaped safely prior to the fire departments arrival. Twenty-five firefighters had the fire extinguished in 20 minutes.

No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation. The fire appears to have started in a bedroom of the terrace level apartment. 

Due to the fact that utilities to the building were cut off by first responders there will be 11 apartments that will suffer short term displacement. Fire loss is still being estimated.

These photos are courtesy of Michael White, Volunteer Chief, Morningside Volunteer Fire Department

Firefighters encountered fire conditions in a terrace level apartment with possible vertical extension up the exterior wall.  A quick knock-down by first arriving crews contained the fire to the apartment of origin.

After the fire was extinguished, evidence of the intense heat can be seen on the exterior wall.

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