Firefighters battle two-alarm fire
Minor injuries reported
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.”