La Plata house fire dis­places oc­cu­pants

Maryland Independent - - News - By JESSI STICKEL jstickel@somd­ Photo pro­vided by Bel Al­ton Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment Twit­ter: @Jes­si­caIndyNews

A La Plata home caught on fire Wed­nes­day evening, caus­ing around $50,000 in dam­ages.

Around 4:51 p.m. the La Plata Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment re­sponded to a re­port of a struc­ture fire on the 5000 block of Durham Court, off of Mitchell Road in La Plata, ac­cord­ing to a Mary­land State Fire Mar­shal press re­lease.

The fire ini­ti­ated in­side the garage at­tached to the two story, sin­gle fam­ily home. The struc­ture of the home as well as a 2016 Toy­ota Corolla was dam­aged from the fire. The es­ti­mated dam­ages were $30,000 for the struc­ture and $20,000 of con­tents within the home, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

“Two se­nior cit­i­zen res­i­dents es­caped un­harmed and Amer­i­can Red Cross as­sisted them with a place to stay,” said Bill Smith, pub­lic in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer for Charles County fire and EMS.

Other lo­cal com­pa­nies as­sisted dur­ing the fire, which to­taled 50 fire­fight­ers on the scene and tak­ing 15 min­utes to con­trol the fire.

“Ex­ten­sive over­haul and cleanup was re­quired,” Smith said.

Smith said the cause of the fire is still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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