Thursday, December 12, 2013 5:20 AM
Photo by Jim Davis. Prince George’s County firefighters battle a fire Monday afternoon at the Sutton Walk Apartments in New Carrollton.
Published on: Tuesday, November 27, 2012
By Jim Davis
About 100 residents have been displaced after a fire erupted Monday afternoon at a New Carrollton apartment complex.
Firefighters arrived just before 1 p.m. at Sutton Walk Apartments in the 5300 block of 85th Avenue. They encountered heavy fire on the second floor of the four-story apartment building with flames quickly extending to the upper floors and roof.
Due to the though the roof so quickly, additional units were quickly dispatched to the scene. A third alarm was transmitted, bringing more than 100 additional firefighters to the scene, according to Mark Brady, public information officer for Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department.
It took fire crews about 30 minutes to bring the fire under control and only one person was reported injured, officials said on the scene.
The injured firefighter was transported to a local burn unit and was treated for minor burns.
Fire investigators have ruled the fire “accidental” and attributed the cause to a malfunctioning natural gas stove, Brady said.
A minimum of 43 apartments will be uninhabitable from smoke, fire, water and electrical damage, Brady added.
Prince George’s County Citizen Service Unit, the Red Cross and apartment management will be help residents find a place to stay.
Fire loss is estimated at $750,000.