NOTICE OF INVESTIGATION

Date: 3/21/18

Time: 6:37 p.m.

Location / Address:   2212 Elgin Court, Waldorf, Charles County, Maryland

Type of Incident: Fire

Description of Structure / Property:  2 Story Single Family Home

Owner / Occupants:  Stephen & Jennifer Hardeman

Injuries or Deaths: None

Estimated $ Loss: Structure: $  200,000.00      Contents: $ 3,000.00

Smoke Alarm Status: Present  Did not activate

Fire Alarm / Sprinkler Status:  None

Arrests(s): None

Primary Responding Fire Department:  Waldorf Volunteer Fire Department

# of Alarms:  1     # Of Firefighters:   30

Time to Control:  20 minutes

Discovered By:  Occupants of the home

Area of Origin: Exterior – Fire Pit in rear of home

Preliminary Cause:  Accidental

Additional Information:   Embers from an outdoor fire pit ignited combustibles under the house.  The family was displaced as a result of the fire, and are being assisted by friends.

Photo courtesy of the Office of the State Fire Marshal via the Waldorf Volunteer Fire Department