Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
Community residents of the Mary Catherine Estates in Clinton called 911 this afternoon alerting firefighters that a neighbor’s house was on fire. Just after 3:00 PM, Tuesday, March 2, 2010, firefighters from Clinton and surrounding communities arrived in the 3300 block of Accolade Drive and encountered a 2-story, non-sprinklered, single family home with fire on the lower level with extension to the upper floor. Heavy smoke was coming from the attic and windows as firefighters stretched hoselines inside the structure. Interior visibility was near zero from thick black smoke with high heat conditions as firefighters searched the house for any trapped occupants and for the location of the fire. The fire was soon located on the lower level and extinguished. No residents were home and no injuries were reported.
A family of four, 2 adult females and 2 children, will be displaced and are being assisted by the Fire/EMS Departments Citizen Services Unit and the Red Cross with temporary shelter.
The cause of the fire is under investigation and a preliminary fire loss is estimated at $200,000. The structure sustained $150,000 in damages and $50,000 in damages to the contents.
In addition to Clinton Fire/EMS Station, Fire/EMS units from Allentown, Accokeek, Brandywine, Oxon Hill #842, Morningside and a unit from Charles County assisted in the extinguishment and overhaul of the home. Incident Commanders requested a Fire Task Force which resulted in Fire/EMS units from Silver Hill, District Heights and Forestville as well as an ambulance, paramedics and EMS supervisors to the scene. There were 40 firefighter/medics on the scene that required 15 minutes to knock down the bulk of the fire.