Three dis­placed af­ter Wal­dorf house fire

Es­ti­mated $400,000 in dam­ages

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum - By ANDREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @An­drew_IndyNews

A two-story Wal­dorf home was se­verely dam­aged in a fire that en­gulfed the house Tues­day night, caus­ing an es­ti­mated $400,000 of dam­ages, ac­cord­ing to au­thor­i­ties. No one was in­jured in the fire, as the res­i­dents of the house on the 10600 block of Knoll­wood Court were not home at the time.

On March 29 around 7:01 p.m., 62 fire­fight­ers from the Wal­dorf, Byran­sroad, La Plata, In­dian Head, Ac­co­keek, Prince Ge­orge’s, Brandy­wine, and Po­tomac Heights Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ments re­sponded to the house fire and bat­tled the flames for ap­prox­i­mately 90 min­utes be­fore it was ex­tin­guished, ac- cord­ing to au­thor­i­ties. How­ever, the fire was dis­cov­ered in the ad­vanced stages by a neigh­bor and the house had al­ready suf­fered sig­nif­i­cant struc­tural dam­age.

“Right away the de­ter­mi­na­tion was to go to a de­fen­sive op­er­a­tion, which means … that no one goes inside,” as fire­fight­ers sup­pressed the fire from the ex­te­rior, said Bill Smith, an EMT and spokesman for the Charles County Vol­un­teer Fire­men’s As­so­ci­a­tion. “Units were on the scene for about three hours.”

Red Cross vol­un­teers are as­sist­ing the three dis­placed oc­cu­pants with money for food, lodg­ing, and other ne­ces­si­ties.

The cause of the fire is still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion and any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the in­ci­dent is asked to con­tact the Of­fice of the State Fire Mar­shal, Deputy Shep­perd at 443-550-6832.

PHOTO COURTESY OF WAL­DORF VOL­UN­TEER FIRE DEPART­MENT

It took fire fight­ers about 90 min­utes to con­trol the fire that en­gulfed a house on the 10600 block of Knoll­wood Court in Wal­dorf on Tues­day evening.

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