Two Maryland Firefighters Injured Battling Blaze

One Prince George's County firefighter sustained minor burns while another suffered smoke inhalation.


TEMPLE HILLS, Md. -- Two firefighters were injured in a house fire on Monday afternoon after a working smoke alarm alerted a woman that her house was on fire, according to a spokesman for the Prince George's County Fire Department.

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Several 911 callers reported a house fire in the 5500 block of Auth Road at about 5:30 p.m. Monday. Firefighters from the Silver Hill Fire/EMS Station #829 were the first to arrive and reported a that the home, a one-story structure with a basement, had 'heavy fire showing.' The woman who was the only occupant of the house was alerted to the fire when her smoke alarm sounded a warning. She left the home and was not injured.

A total of 40 firefighters and medics were on the scene. Conditions inside the house deteriorated and all firefighters were evacuated from the home. They regrouped and reentered the home to extinguish the fire, which took about 25 minutes.

One firefighter sustained minor burns and was taken to the Burn Unit in good condition. Another firefighter suffered smoke inhalation and was taken to local hospital for evaluation, but is reported in good condition. No other injuries were reported.

Fire Investigators are continuing to investigate the cause and origin of the fire. Fire loss is estimated at $100,000. The displaced occupants will be staying with family members.

Republished with permission of WUSA-TV.