White Plains house fire leaves 3 firefighters injured

WHITE PLAINS, Md. (WUSA9) -- Three firefighters were injured while battling a house fire in White Plains early Monday morning.

Assistant Chief Jeff Duer, spokesman for the Charles County Fire Department, says first responders were called to a fire inside a home undergoing renovation at the corner of Billingsley Road and Southwinds Drive around 2:30 a.m. Once on scene one of the firefighters stepped inside the entrance to the house and fell through the compromised floor. The injured firefighter was transported Medstar with burns to his shoulder and hand.

According to Assistant Chief Duer, a second member of the fire crew injured his leg trying to rescue the fallen firefighter. He is being treated at Charles Regional Hospital. A third firefighter suffered an arm injury but was treated and released at the scene.

Captain David Van Gasbeck, Public Safety Officer for the Waldorf Volunteer Fire Department, says all three firefighter's injuries are considered minor, and they were all able to escape the blaze on their own.

A total of 52 EMS crews and firefighters responded to the scene, including crews from Waldorf, La Plata, and Bryans Road, Indian Head, and Potomac Heights.

Fire officials say the fire completely destroyed the house, leaving a total of $200,000 worth of damage.

A Maryland State Fire Marshal has been called to the scene to investigate the cause of the fire.


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