Family escapes 2-alarm blaze thanks to smoke alarm

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- Firefighters in Prince George's County battled a two-alarm blaze in an Upper Marlboro townhouse community early Tuesday morning.

Fire Chief Marc Bashoor was on the scene, tweeting several pictures of two homes damaged by flames in the 11200 block of Kettering Place around 3:30 a.m. According to Chief Bashoor, crews found a significant basement fire when they arrived at the scene. Flames spread through two floors and the roof of the three-story townhouse, causing a second alarm response to be called. According to Chief Bashoor, over 50 firefighters worked to extinguish the flames, some of whom were still dousing hot spots as of 5:40 a.m.

One of Chief Bashoor's tweets confirms all residents inside the home at the time of the fire escaped, thanks to a working smoke alarm. So far no injuries have been reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


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