RIVERDALE PARK – A Riverdale Park family lost everything Saturday night when their three-story house went up in flames.
Around 9:30 p.m., a man ran to the Riverdale Volunteer Fire Department at 47th Avenue and Queensbury Road and told firefighters the house around the corner was on fire.
Within seconds, firefighters were on the scene and encountered heavy fire coming from all three floors of the house. They requested additional units be dispatched to the scene.
"Firefighters initially battled the fire from the safety of exterior positions, and once the bulk of the fire was extinguished, entered the structure to ensure the fire was out,” said Mark Brady, spokesperson for Prince George's County Fire Department.
It took fire crews over an hour to bring the fire under control with no injuries reported.
Brady said that due of the condition of the house, it may take several days for county fire investigators to determine the cause.
The house was built over a century ago by a past Mayor of Riverdale Park and now, Michael Herman, who was mayor of Riverdale Park last year, lived in the house with his family and his two dogs who perished in the fire. Fire loss is estimated at $100,000.