Date: 07/09/2018

Time: 10:01 a.m.

Location / Address:  19022 Russell Road, Valley Lee, St. Mary’s County

Type of Incident: House Fire

Description of Structure / Property: Two story single family home

Owner / Occupants: Kelly Moore

Injuries or Deaths: None

Estimated $ Loss: Structure: $ 50,000  Contents: $ 25,000

Smoke Alarm Status: Present and activated

Fire Alarm / Sprinkler Status: N/A

Arrests(s): N/A

Primary Responding Fire Department: Second District VFD

# of Alarms:  1  # Of Firefighters: 35

Time to Control: 15 minutes

Discovered By: Owner

Area of Origin: Bathroom

Preliminary Cause: Accidental

Additional Information: The owner of the home heard unusual noises from the attic of his home.  Upon investigation the owner located smoke coming from the ceiling area of the bathroom and called 911.  The investigation revealed the fire was caused by a heat light in the bathroom ceiling that ignited combustible materials. The occupant of the home was displaced and is being assisted by family and friends.

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