Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Firefighters were forced to fight the fire from the safety of the exterior as the well advanced fire consumed the roof of the house.
The house was vacant/unoccupied so there are no residents requiring assistance.
A Task Force was sounded bringing additional Fire/EMS resources to the scene to help extinguish the fire. There were 35 firefighter/medics and incident commanders on the scene.
It required about 30 minutes to knock down the bulk of the fire and another 30 minutes to completely extinguish the fire.
No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Fire loss is estimated at $300,000.
Mark E. Brady
PGFD Chief Spokesperson Photo courtesy of PGFD. Picture illustrates condition on arrival by firefighters.
Firefighters were alerted at about 7:30 am, New Years Day, 2013, for a fire at the First Wesleyan Church of Oxon Hill at 1801 Iverson Street.
|Conditions on arrival. Image courtesy of Volunteer Fire Fighter Patrick Mann.|
There was a service at the church on New Years Eve that started at 10:00 pm. Midway through the service the neighborhood experienced a loss of power. The members of the church concluded their service and left the building before power was restored.
|The interior of the church sustained significant damage.|
|A Holy Bible sits among the burned debris.|
|Holy Bibles lay amongst burned debris.|
|A Fire Investigator talks with members of the church under the burned silhouette of a cross that was on the wall.|
|Firefighters salvaged the church cross that adorned the wall of the alter. |
Firefighters brought the cross outside and placed it into a garden next to a larger cross.
Firefighters were alerted at about 7:30 am, New Years Day, 2013, for a fire at the First Wesleyan Church of Oxon Hill, 1801 Iverson Street.
Fire/EMS units arrived to find two interior areas of the 1-story structure on fire. Heavy fire on the interior had extended into the roof area before being brought under control after 25 minutes of battling the blaze. No firefighter or civilian injuries occurred.
Due to the heavy fire visible on arrival, a Second Alarm was sounded bringing additional Firefighter, paramedics and support units to the scene. The majority of the additional alarm was on stand-by and eventually were placed available after the initial alarm of firefighters gained control of the fire and extinguished it.
Preliminary fire loss is estimated at over $100,000. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) are notified by Fire Investigators after any fire at a House of Worship. It is quite possible that ATF Agents will join the Prince George's County Fire Investigators into the search for the cause and origin of this fire.
PGFD Chief Spokesperson
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