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Two brothers lost everything in Seat Pleasant house fire


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Photo by Jim Davis. Prince George’s County firefighters encounter heavy fire conditions at a house fire on Addison Road Friday afternoon in Seat Pleasant. The fire displaced two brothers.

Photo by Jim Davis. Prince George’s County firefighters encounter heavy fire conditions at a house fire on Addison Road Friday afternoon in Seat Pleasant. The fire displaced two brothers.

Published on: Monday, May 06, 2013

By Jim Davis

Two brothers lost everything after a fire destroyed their Seat Pleasant house and injured two firefighters Friday afternoon.

The fire was reported just before 3 p.m., and when Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department units arrived at the burning house on Addison Road, firefighters encountered heavy fire and smoke emanating from the one-story house.

Smoke could be seen from the Mount Rainier, Suitland and Largo areas, said responding firefighters.

Firefighters attempted to enter the house to attack the flames, but they were ordered out when conditions became dangerous, said Mark Brady, PGFD spokesperson.

Fire officials on the scene said firefighters were very lucky. Almost immediately after they exited the house, the roof and the front porch collapsed.

Brady said it took about 30 minutes to bring the fire under control.

Two firefighters were treated and released from the Washington Hospital Burn Center after suffering first- and second-degree burns.

One of two brothers who lived at the house, Aldarez Tolson, told The Sentinel he had just charged a car battery, placed it on the front porch and went inside. A few seconds later, a loud boom occurred and he saw flames coming from the front porch of the house. That’s when he got out of the house.

“It sounded like a bomb went off,” Tolson said.

Officials on the scene said the house is a total loss and may need to be torn down for safety reasons.

“My brother and I have lost everything, clothes, money, a place to live,” Tolson said. “I don’t know what we are going to do.”

Tolson and his brother have been relocated to a local hotel. The American Red Cross will be assisting with their needs.

This was the second fire that occurred Friday.

Just after 9 a.m., Prince George’s County firefighters respond to a house fire on 28th Avenue in the Mount Rainier area. When they arrived on the scene, the top floor of the two-story house was heavily enveloped in fire.

Firefighters extinguished the bulk of the fire within 20 minutes, Brady said.

No injuries were reported, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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