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Eleven firefighters injured in Waldorf blaze, cause still undetermined by Fire Marshal

By: David M. Higgins II

UPDATE 10/6/2019: On October 5, 2019, the Office of the State Fire Marshal released preliminary findings reports on the blaze that destroyed a Waldorf home and injured eleven firefighters.

In the report, the Fire Marshal has determined that the fire originated from the rear deck, but is not suspicious. The preliminary cause is still under investigation.

A total of 76 firefighters on the two-alarm fire responded to the blaze from companies in Calvert, Charles, P.G. and St. Mary’s counties. When the blaze was first responded to a “Mayday” was called for a firefighter that was injured before entering the structure.

Later, several firefighters jumped from the second story doors when the floor/roof began to collapse to the first story deck. In total, eleven firefighters were injured and transported to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. Two of those firefighters were transported after returning to the station. According to Benjamin Jenkins, Chief of the Department, all personnel was expected to be released soon.

The Fire Marshal estimates the damage and loss to the two-story single-family home to be $475,000.00 between structure and contents.

As stated previously, two adults and a toddler were displaced and are being assisted by the American Red Cross. None of the residents were in the home at the time of the blaze and it was discovered by a neighbor.


UPDATE 7:00 p.m.- Units are still on the scene putting out hotspots and clearing the debris off the two-story home that caught fire this afternoon in Waldorf, MD. We have learned that the Police Department was on the scene before the fire department arrived. We do not know exactly when they got there or under what circumstances.

A total of 9 Firefighters were transported from the scene for a variety of injuries that are all non-life-threatening. Maryland State Fire Marshals Office is currently on the scene investigating the fire.

Currently Mutual Aid Support from P.G. County, St. Mary’s County and Calvert County.

All occupants were not home at the time of the fire. American Red Cross has been called out to assist them.

Two adults and a toddler have been displaced. We are awaiting a report from the Office of the State Fire Marshal.


UPDATE 6:17: We have learned at least eight firefighters suffered minor injuries in the blaze. Firefighters from Charles County, Calvert County, St. Mary’s and PG County assisted.

The Office of the State Fire Marshal has been requested to the scene. No further updates will be made unless a report is released unless an update is warranted.


Waldorf, MD- The Waldorf Volunteer Fire Department is currently responding to a house fire on Chamberlin Court in Waldorf, MD. The La Plata Volunteer Fire Department also reports they are on the scene.

Dispatch reported that the caller states the fire is coming through the roof. Units are on the scene and additional units have been called in to help.

Per the Charles County Volunteer Fire and Emergency Medical Services, a “MAYDAY” was called for a firefighter down in front of the residence. Command has also ordered an evacuation of the structure.

We have reports that multiple firefighters are hurt or injured at the scene, and that one jumped through the rear door onto a deck.

The Southern Maryland Chronicle has learned that the Charles County Sheriff’s Office was originally on the scene before the fire call.

Watch for emergency vehicles, personnel and expect delays in the area for arriving units and staging.


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David M. Higgins II

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in Digital Marketing, eventually leading him back to his passion. David started The Southern Maryland Chronicle in December 2017 and has grown it to become the #1 news source in Southern Maryland.

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