Three firefighters were burned while battling a Temple Hills house fire Wednesday morning and are now being treated at an area burn unit.
Around 3 a.m. firefighters responded to a call for heavy smoke coming from the basement of a one-story single family house in the 2900 block of Colebrooke Drive.
Teams of firefighters entered the home to search for occupants and begin to extinguish the blaze, said Mark Brady, chief spokesman for the Prince George’s County fire/EMS department.
The three firefighters who were injured were positioned with a fire hose at the top of the staircase leading to the basement, preventing the blaze from spreading into the first floor, Brady said.
“The heat rising from the basement fire was nearly unbearable, however, firefighters held their position at the top of the stairs and were successful in preventing any significant fire extension to the top floor,” said Brady in a statement.
One firefighter was burned on his neck, ears and wrist while another had burns on his arms and wrist and the third sustained burns on his ears, wrist and knee, Brady said.
All were taken to MedStar Washington Hospital Center’s Burn Unit for evaluation and treatment.
None of the 13 occupants of the home were injured and all escaped safely before firefighters arrived, Brady said.
Fire investigators have determined the blaze was caused by a malfunctioning dehumidifier and damage estimates total $100,000, Brady said.
Brady said the house’s smoke alarms did not have batteries in them so they did not sound a warning.
The eight adults and five children who occupy the home have been displaced and are being assisted by the county’s Citizen Services Unit.