The occupants were able to safely evacuate prior to the arrival of fire department personnel. Firefighters made an interior attack and was successful in containing the fire spread and preventing further damages. As the bulk of the exterior fire was being extinguished, firefighters encountered additional challenges requiring extended operations. It was discovered that the structure also had an exterior natural gas leak. Washington Gas was requested to the scene and was able to control the gas leak by digging a hole in the front yard and shutting off the gas.
Additionally, there were live power lines down on the side of the structure. During fire suppression activities, a firefighter accidentally made contact with the down power lines and was mildly shocked. The firefighter was listed in good condition and was transported to an area hospital for further evaluation and observation.
The occupants were assisted with temporary lodging by their families and friends. The cause of the fire is still under investigation and there were 9 fire & EMS units with 35 firefighters and paramedics supporting this operation.
Acting Major Paul Cruz
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Mark E. Brady