Firefighters had the bulk of the fire knocked down within 30 minutes and all searches proved negative. There were no civilian injuries reported, however, a firefighter sustained injuries in a 12-15 foot fall from a ground ladder. He was evaluated by paramedics and transported to a nearby hospital. He is in good condition and his injuries are considered non-serious.
Fifteen apartment units in the building are uninhabitable and the occupants will be displaced. The Fire/EMS Departments Citizen Services Unit and the American Red Cross will be assisting 22 adults and 5 children with shelter and other provisions.
The cause of the fire is under investigation and fire loss estimates are still being tabulated.
This fire was dispatched just minutes after a Memorial Service for the Deputy Chief of the Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department commenced. Jimmy Hook passed away suddenly last week during a medical procedure. A Fire/EMS Department Memorial Service started at 7:00 pm at the nearby Bunker Hill Fire/EMS Station on Rhode Island Avenue
The days first apartment fire occurred at 12:45 pm at 6850 Walker Mill Road.
|Heavy fire and smoke can be seen coming from the roof area as firefighters work to extinguish the fire. (photo by PGFD Captain Roland Berg)|