Precautionary third alarm as fire takes two floors of garden apartment
Companies in the 1st Battalion were dispatched at approximately 1300 hours for numerous calls of a New Carrollton apartment building on fire. Crew first to arrive at 5312 85th Avenue met fire on the top two floors (three-story, Side Alpha; four-story, Side Charlie) of the garden-style apartment.
A second alarm was called as firefighters went to work on the fire floors and the fire’s extension towards the adjoining apartments. All occupants had evacuated prior to the arrival of the fire department. A third alarm was eventually called and staged nearby. Two firefighters suffered minor burn injuries.
The cause of the fire is attributed to a malfunctioning stove in a second-floor apartment. The county Citizens’ Service Unit began work with the building management to assist the displaced occupants.
Video below is of dash camera footage from Acting Assistant Chief Paul Gomez and still photos from PIO Mark Brady.
Photos courtesy of Billy McNeel, Citizens' Service Unit and Mark Brady, PGFD PIO.
"Apartment Building Fire – 85th Avenue" PGFD PIO
Bill Carey is the daily news and blog manager for Elsevier Public Safety (FireRescue Magazine/Firefighter Nation, JEMS and LawOfficer sites.) Bill also manages the FireEMSBlogs.com network and is a former volunteer lieutenant with the Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department in Prince George's County, Maryland.
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