A two-alarm fire Tuesday
morning at a Lanham apartment building caused $50,000 in damage and displaced
nearly 50 residents.
Just after 7:30 a.m., Prince George’s County firefighters were called to the 10000 block of Greenbelt Road. The garden-style apartment building is three stories in the front and four stories in the rear.
The fire was located on a lower level and extended to the upper floors and roof area through pipes in the building’s interior walls, according to the department’s blog. Realizing this type of fire is work extensive, a second alarm was sounded to bring additional resources and firefighters to the scene. There were 60 firefighter/medics, incident commanders and support personnel on the scene.
The fire was knocked down within 30 minutes of firefighters’ arrival.
Investigators believe the fire started inside a utility closet and the cause remains under investigation. Fire loss is estimated at $50,000.
Fifteen apartment units will be uninhabitable until repairs can be made, 30 adults and 15 children are being assisted through the County Citizen Services Unit, American Red Cross and apartment complex management as they find new places to live.