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In Prince George's, four house fires erupt on New Year's Day


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Published on: Wednesday, January 09, 2013

By Jim Davis

Prince George’s County firefighters had a busy New Year’s Day, responding to four house fires throughout the county.

Just before 3 p.m., firefighters from Glenn Dale responded to the 1000 block of Dubarry Street for a reported house fire. Firefighters discovered the fire in the basement area of the one-story house, fire officials said. Crews brought the fire under control within minutes of arriving on the scene, said Mark Brady, chief spokesman for Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department.

Three hours later, firefighters from the Clinton area were called to the 8200 block of Student Street in Clinton for fire emanating from a vacant house. When fire crews arrived on the scene, they encountered heavy fire conditions on the top floor and roof area of the two-story house, Brady said.

Firefighters battled the fire from the exterior as flames consumed the roof of the house, and a special alarm was transmitted for additional units to help fight the massive fire, Brady said. It took about 30 minutes for firefighters to knock down the bulk of the fire and another 30 minutes to completely extinguish it. Fire loss is estimated at $300,000.

As firefighters were mopping up from the Clinton fire, firefighters from the Upper Marlboro area responded to the 10600 block of Barnsdale Drive in Clinton for another reported house fire.

Firefighters arrived on the scene of a two-story house with fire in the chimney area with some extension to the attic area. The blaze was extinguished within 20 minutes of firefighters arriving on the scene with no injuries reported.

As firefighters were on the scene of the fire in Clinton, firefighters from Oxon Hill where called to the 5800 block of Mansfield Drive in the Temple Hills area for another house fire. Units arrived on the scene to find fire in the walls and attic area of a two-story house. Fire crews had control of the fire within 20 minutes, Brady said.

There were no injuries at any of the fires, and all of the fires are under investigation, Brady said. 

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