LVFD Among 200 Fire Personnel to Fight College Park Fire

Sunday, April 23, 2017 (All day)
LVFD Among 200 Fire Personnel to Fight College Park Fire

The Laurel Volunteer Fire Department's continuous training came in handy this week when an apartment building, under construction, caught fire. Here are the details:

At approximately 9:30am, Prince George’s County Fire Units were alerted to a fire on Berwyn House Road for a fire in a building under construction. Starting as a 2-alarm fire, it was upgraded to a 3-alarm fire at 10:15am.  

At 10:30am, members of the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department, with Engine 104 and Tower 10, went into service to help suppress a fire that quickly took over the top two floors of the unoccupied building.

At 11:48am, a 5th alarm was sounded, and working alongside units from Prince George’s County, Montgomery County, Anne Arundel County, Howard County and Washington, DC, the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department fought to knock back one of the largest fire suppression events in the history of Prince George’s County!

Route 1 was blocked for hours as firefighters fought to get the fire under control, the University of Maryland closed in the afternoon due to the amount of smoke pouring over the campus and senior citizens from Spellman House were relocated, also due to smoke.

Although the building was not occupied, workers that were in the building were able to get out safely and during the course of 12+ hours, only 2 firefighters from mutual aid units were reported to have been treated for an injured ankle and overexertion.

At approximately 3:00pm, it was reported that the fire was under control, but units would remain on scene to make sure it did not get out of control again.

Because the building was still under construction, it was determined that due to the amount of empty space in the building and because the fire suppression system was not fully functional, the historic fire was able to grab hold and burn fast and with such intensity. It is estimated to have caused about $40 million in damage.  

The Laurel Volunteer Fire Department ended up with about 12 volunteers on scene to help suppress and monitor the fire and are proud to have worked beside so many dedicated first responders.

We are always looking for new members. Whether its operational or administrative, please consider filling out one of our applications at the link here> - and join a great organization that has been in existence for 115 years! Our motto is "Service For Others." So plan on joining our volunteer team -  get training, help your community and meet a lot of great people! 

If you have any questions, please call our station at 301-776-3600.