11 fire fighters injured in roof/floor collapse in Maryland, US
On the evening of 4 October 2019, fire department units from Charles County and Prince George County, responded to a reported house fire in the area of Greenmont Drive and Chamberlin Court in Maryland, US. Waldorf Volunteer Fire Department units arrived on scene and found a well advanced fire in a two-storey single family home. During the incident, several fire fighters were injured, mostly suffering minor abrasions or smoke inhalation, when a collapse of the second floor ceiling/roof occurred.
A total of 11 fire fighters were transported to local hospitals for evaluation. All injuries are minor in nature and all personnel are expected to be released soon.
Nine were initially injured, and two more from Prince George’s County went to a local hospital for treatment after returning to their station. According to the department, the fire broke out on Chamberlin Court in Waldorf Friday afternoon. The fire was reported around 17h00 when someone noticed smoke issuing from the roof.
According to officials, the roof collapsed while fire fighters were inside and some of them needed to be pulled from the structure by their fellow first responders. The firefighters were ordered to evacuate during the operation.
None of the residents were home during the fire.
On 5 October 2019, the Office of the State Fire Marshal released preliminary findings reports on the blaze that destroyed a Waldorf home and injured 11 fire fighters. In the report, the Fire Marshal has determined that the fire originated from the rear deck but is not suspicious. The preliminary cause is still under investigation.
A total of 76 fire fighters on the two-alarm fire responded to the blaze from companies in Calvert, Charles, PG and St Mary’s counties. When the blaze was first responded to a “Mayday” was called for a fire fighter that was injured before entering the structure.
Later, several fire fighters jumped from the second storey doors when the floor/roof began to collapse to the first storey deck. In total, 11 fire fighters were injured and transported to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. Two of those fire fighters were transported after returning to the station. According to Benjamin Jenkins, Chief of the Department, all personnel was expected to be released soon.
The Fire Marshal estimates the damage and loss to the two-storey single-family home to be $475 000.00 between structure and contents.
As stated previously, two adults and a toddler were displaced and are being assisted by the American Red Cross. None of the residents were in the home at the time of the blaze and it was discovered by a neighbour.
Source: The Bay Net and Fox News