Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Firefighters from the Laurel-Beltsville area and surrounding communities worked together to extinguish a fire in a single family home. At about 9:45 AM, Wednesday, January 27, 2010, Fire/EMS units were alerted to a 911 report of a house fire at 13701 Virginia Manor Road in Laurel. Upon arrival they encountered a 1-story single family home with heavy fire and smoke coming from the front door and windows of the home. The fire was quickly extinguished and searches for anyone inside were negative. One firefighter sustained minor burn injuries to his ear and was treated and released from the Burn Unit. No other injuries were reported. Fire Investigators from the Office of the Fire Marshal are continuing their investigation into the cause of the fire which remains open and on-going. Preliminary estimate of fire loss is $40,000.
Firefighters extinguished a basement fire that displaced a Bladensburg family from their home. At about 4:30 PM, Tuesday, January 26, 2010, Fire/EMS units were dispatched to a 911 report of smoke coming from a house at 5413 Gallatin Street. An engine and ladder truck from Bladensburg were the first to arrive and encountered a 1 ½ story, cape cod style, single family home with smoke showing. Firefighters soon located a fire in the basement and had the bulk of the fire knocked down in about 15 minutes. Four adults that reside in the house will be displaced and are being assisted by the Fire/EMS Departments Citizens Services Unit and the Red Cross. Fire Investigators believe the cause was accidental and attributed to an overloaded electrical cord. Fire loss is estimated at $25,000. No injuries were reported.