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Five fires engulfed homes and buildings in Prince George’s County, including a vacant house in Clinton and a church in Oxon Hill, on New Years Day.

Around 7:30 a.m., firefighters responded to 1801 Iverson Street, where the First Wesleyan Church of Oxon Hill had flames coming from inside and extending onto the roof of the one-story structure, according to county fire/EMS officials.

The church fire took about 25 minutes to extinguish and accounted for roughly $100,000 in damages, said Mark Brady, a spokesman for the department.

He said while the fire is not believed to be suspicious, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is notified by fire investigators anytime there if a fire at a house of worship.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, Brady said.

Brady said there had been a church service on New Years Eve that began at 10 p.m., but midway through the service the neighborhood lost power and members of the church finished their service and left before power was restored.

The house fire in Clinton broke out around 6:15 p.m. Firefighters arrived to a vacant two-story home in the 8200 block of Student Drive where fire was coming from the roof, Brady said.

It took nearly an hour for firefighters to completely extinguish the fire and the cause of the blaze is still under investigation, he said.

Also on New Years Day, firefighters extinguished a fire in the basement of a single-family home in the 10,000 block of Dubarry Street in Glenn Dale.

In Upper Marlboro, firefighters battled a fire in a single family home in the 10,600 block of Barnsdale Drive. A fire had ignited in the home’s chimney and had extended into the attic, Brady said.

Later, a house caught fire in Temple Hills in the 5600 block of Mansfield Drive, where firefighters extinguished a blaze in the walls of the home.

All incidents from Tuesday remain under investigation to determine the causes. Damage estimates were not immediately available for some incidents.

djgross@gazette.net