Update from the Maryland State Fire Marshal at 11-12-14:
Investigators from the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office were requested to respond to a reported townhouse fire at 11516 Spyglass Place in Waldorf of Charles County. The two alarm fire was originally dispatched at 9:46 am and controlled within 25 minutes by over 80 firefighters from multiple surrounding volunteer fire departments. The fire originated on the exterior rear balcony of an end unit townhouse as a result of carelessly discarded smoking materials. Subsequently, the fire spread to the attic and across into the next two townhouse units. Two families have been displaced and are being assisted by the American Red Cross. Damages are estimated to be approximately $400,000 in structure and $200,000 in contents.
The townhomes are fully protected by fire sprinklers inside the living areas of the dwellings. The fire traveled from the rear exterior of the townhouse and into the attic, spreading to adjacent attic spaces. Fire sprinklers activated in the living areas as the fire progressed to the lower floors. All occupants escaped the blaze without harm or injury. All townhomes built in Maryland since 1992 are required to have these proven life saving devices installed for the safety of all occupants.
Original report by Ron Bailey on 11-12-14:
Around 7 a.m. units from Waldorf Volunteer Fire Department, LaPlata Volunteer Fire Department, Newburg Volunteer Fire Department, Bel Alton Volunteer Fire Department, and the Battalion Fire Chief from the PG County Fire Department, SMECO, Maryland State Fire Marshal, and more responded to a town home fire on Spyglass Pl in Waldorf.
Reportedly the fire started from a second-story rear deck of one of the units and quickly spread throughout to neighboring units.
At this time there are no reported injuries.
Update to follow as it is received.