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Two Bay District volunteer firefighters fell through the floor of a burning one-story house Sunday, and one of them was flown to a hospital for an evaluation, their chief reported this week, as state investigators continued trying to determine the cause of the blaze at the Great Mills residence.
The bedroom fire resulted in damages totaling $80,000, the fire marshal’s office reported this week.
More than 30 Bay District, Hollywood, 2nd District and Patuxent River firefighters responding to a 4:29 p.m. alarm battled the blaze at Mary Ellen Mattingly’s home on Garfield Street for 20 minutes to bring it under control, according to a notice of investigation by deputy state fire marshal Jeff Frye.
A neighbor discovered the blaze, the report states, and Red Cross volunteers are assisting the displaced occupant.
Bay District Fire Chief Shawn Downs filed an online report stating that firefighters continued dousing the blaze while Daniel Martin, one of the firefighters who had fallen through the floor, was helped out of a window. “He suffered burns to both arms and his legs,” Downs said this week, but Martin declined medical treatment.
Carl Brown, the other firefighter who fell through the floor, was flown to the Prince George’s Hospital Center due to possible traumatic injuries, the chief said, but none were found. “They continued to treat him for smoke inhalation,” Downs said, and Brown was released from the hospital in less than 24 hours.