P.G. and Montgomery Working:Heavy Fire in the Barrio


Langley Park shoe store fire goes to three alarms

Companies from both Prince George’s and Montgomery counties responded to the commercial structure fire at 7980 New Hampshire Avenue in Langley Park. Fire arriving companies reported heavy fire showing from the end unit of the strip mall. A second alarm was struck followed by a third for relief purposes. More details and photos from Prince George’s County Fire and EMS Department PIO Mark Brady are below (more photos here).

"At around 10:45 pm, Thursday, July 11, Prince George's County and Montgomery County Firefighters were alerted to a commercial structure fire at 7980 New Hampshire Avenue. First arriving firefighters encountered a 1-story, strip mall with an end unit having heavy fire showing. The store on fire was the "Brands for Less" which is just one of many stores in the Langley Park Shopping Center. There was some damage to the 24-hour store that is attached to the building of origin. A 2nd alarm was sounded bringing additional firefighters and apparatus to the scene to assist in battling the fire. A 3rd alarm was sounded bringing additional firefighters to the scene to provide relief for personnel on the first two alarms. It required about 45 minutes to knock down the bulk of the fire. Extensive overhaul is required to ensure the fire is completely extinguished. One firefighter sustained a minor knee injury and transported to a local hospital for treatment. An approaching thunderstorm with heavy rains and lightening required incident commanders to remove all personnel operating on the roof. This did not appear to have any impact on extinguishing the fire. The cause of the fire will be under investigation. Estimated fire loss is not yet available."

Video courtesy of WJLA

Video courtesy of WUSA


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Bill Carey is the online public safety news and blog manager with PennWell Public Safety, or more specifically FireRescue Magazine/FirefighterNation.com, JEMS.com, LawOfficer.com and FireEMSBlogs.com. Bill started in the fire service, as a third generation firefighter in 1986, on the eastern shore of Maryland and then continued after moving to Prince George's County. He served as a volunteer sergeant and lieutenant at Hyattsville where he met Chris Hebert and Dave Ianonne, the creators of Firehouse.com. Bill went to work for them back in 2001 and after they transitioned away to new, bigger projects, he was hired by them again in 2009. Bill's writing has been on Firehouse.com, Fire Engineering, FireRescue Magazine, FirefighterNation.com, the Jones and Bartlett 2010 edition of "Fire Officer: Principles and Practice", The Secret List and Tinhelmet.com.

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