“Popping” sound alerts family to garage blaze

NOTICE OF INVESTIGATION

Date:  3-30-18

Time:  3:25 a.m.

Location / Address:   5765 Luben Road, Waldorf, Charles County, Maryland

Type of Incident:  Fire

Description of Structure / Property:  1 Story Detached Garage

Owner / Occupants:  William Burch – Owner    Wesley Elliott – Renter

Injuries or Deaths:  None

Estimated $ Loss: Structure: $  80,000.00      Contents: $ 160,000.00

Smoke Alarm Status: None

Fire Alarm / Sprinkler Status:  None

Arrests(s):  None

Primary Responding Fire Department:  Waldorf Volunteer Fire Department

# of Alarms:   1     # Of Firefighters:  48

Time to Control:  20 minutes

Discovered By: Occupants of home.

Area of Origin:   Interior of Garage

Preliminary Cause:  Under Investigation

Additional Information:   The occupants of the home were awakened by a “popping” sound and noticed smoke coming from the garage.  The family was not displaced as a result of the fire, and no injuries were reported.  Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Office of the State Fire Marshal, Southern Regional Office, at 443-550-6832.

Image courtesy of the Office of the State Fire Marshal 

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