Two-alarm fire de­stroys busi­ness, apart­ment

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

A two-alarm fire wreaked havoc in In­dian Head on Mon­day morn­ing, de­stroy­ing Eleanor’s Thrift Shore and an apart­ment, ac­cord­ing to au­thor­i­ties.

The sole oc­cu­pant – a ju­ve­nile – awoke to the smell of smoke and was able to es­cape un­harmed as neigh­bors called 9-1-1.

A pre­lim­i­nary re­port from the State Fire Mar­shal’s Of­fice la­beled the cause of the fire that re­sulted in an es­ti­mated $150,000 in dam­ages as “in­cen­di­ary,” but the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing.

Nearly 100 fire­fight­ers from In­dian Head Naval Base, Byrans, Wal­dorf, 10th dis­trict, La Plata, Ac­co­keek, Al­len­town Road, and Po­tomac Heights vol­un­teer fire de­part­ments re­sponded to the 4100 block of In­dian Head High­way and bat­tled the flames for about an hour be­fore the fire was con­trolled, ac­cord­ing to fire mar­shals.

A fire­fighter from the In­dian Head VFD was in­jured dur­ing the in­ci­dent, and had to be trans­ported to the hospital, said Bill Smith, an EMT and spokesman for the Charles County Vol­un­teer Fire­men’s As­so­ci­a­tion.

“He cut his hand, his index fin­ger, pretty se­verely. He’s go­ing to have to have surgery,” Smith told the Mary­land In­de­pen­dent. “He was mak­ing en­try to the front door of the build­ing and cut his hand on glass, the front door glass of the thrift store.”

Other fire de­part­ments from Charles and St. Mary’s coun­ties and Alexan­dria, Va., cov­ered the sta­tions left va­cant by the fire­fight­ers com­mit­ted to the fire lo­ca­tion.

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