Four adults are displaced after a house fire on the 2300 block of Holly Spring Drive in Burtonsville, per Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) Chief Spokesperson Pete Piringer.
MCFRS responded around 11 p.m. July 4 and found heavy fire upon arrival, Piringer said. There was significant fire in the rear of the single-family house and deck area. All occupants got out and there were no injuries.
About 75 firefighters responded including units from Prince George’s County and Howard County fire rescue departments.
Piringer said damage was significant and is estimated to cost around $1 million. The area of origin is the rear deck or laundry room, Piringer said. The cause is under investigation; there was limited examination because the deck and laundry room floor collapsed.
An occupant smelled and saw smoke and flames in the deck area; a neighbor called 911.
Piringer noted that the deck was covered with vinyl flooring, which he said is “excellent fuel for fire.” Also, a contractor installed a new HVAC unit that day, which could have involved electrical system work. The only ignition sources shared between the deck and laundry room were electrical.
Update – Holly Spring Drive, off Peach Orchard Rd, Fairland Acres, single-family house, for adults displaced, ~$1M damage, no injury, smoke alarms were present likely didn’t activate because initially no smoke in living quarters, oh and occupant saw fire on/involving rear deck https://t.co/TfKCtiqMD1 pic.twitter.com/BLnqnZuvSE
— Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) July 5, 2021