Fire­fight­ers bat­tle two-alarm fire

Mi­nor in­juries re­ported

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

A La Plata home was dev­as­tated and two res­i­dents dis­placed by a fire Sun­day af­ter­noon which caused an es­ti­mated $900,000 in to­tal dam­ages, ac­cord­ing to in­ves­ti­ga­tors with the Mary­land Of­fice of the Fire Mar­shal.

About 120 fire­fight­ers re­sponded to the two–alarm fire, and four suf­fered mi­nor burn and heat–re­lated in­juries.

Fire mar­shals have de­ter­mined that the fire was ac­ci­den­tal, caused by an event with one of the main elec­tri­cal dis­tri­bu­tion pan­els in the three–story home.

Around 12:48 p.m. on Sun­day, mem­bers of the La Plata Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment re­sponded to the 8600 block of South­ern Star Place and be­gan bat­tling the flames with as­sis­tance from neigh­bor­ing de­part­ments.

The fire­fight­ers were ham­pered by wind con­di­tions and a sec­ond alarm was raised for more man­power as a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure, said Bill Smith, spokesman for Charles County Vol­un­teer Fire and EMS.

While units were on the scene, Alexan­dria, Va., and Hol­ly­wood vol­un­teer fire de­part­ments helped fill fire-pro­tec­tion va­can­cies left in Charles County.

“There were no ex­ten­sive in­juries,” Smith said, though four fire­fight­ers were treated at nearby hospi­tals. One, with mi­nor burns to his legs, was trans­ported to the Wash­ing­ton Hospi­tal Burn Cen­ter where he was treated and re­leased.

Three oth­ers were taken to a lo­cal hospi­tal and re­leased af­ter re­ceiv­ing treat­ment for heat-re­lated in­juries.

The two dis­placed oc­cu­pants who dis­cov­ered the fire are be­ing as­sisted by the Amer­i­can Red Cross.

While many fire­fight­ers were com­mit­ted to bat­tling the house fire, units helped other cit­i­zens in need through­out the county.

“We had a very busy day through­out the vol­un­teer fire ser­vice in Charles County,” said Smith, adding that while they han­dled the La Plata house fire, they also re­sponded to many other calls for ser­vice, in­clud­ing a med­i­cal emer­gency aboard a boat and other dis­tressed boaters.

“Be aware of your sur­round­ings,” he re­minded boaters. “Know where you are if your boat breaks down.”

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