BY: David M. Higgins II, Publisher
UPDATE 4/4/2020 @9:45 a.m.: The Office of the State Fire Marshal-Southern Region was called out a second time yesterday to investigate a blaze at an apartment complex in St. Charles, MD.
The Waldrof VFD was the primary responding unit with a total of sixty-one firefighters responding. The fire was noticed by maintince staff and took the firefighters twenty(20) minutes to contain in the high winds.
The Fire Marshal’s reports states,” the accidental fire was determined to be caused by improperly discarded smoking materials on the balcony of a second floor apartment. Just after 11:00 a.m. maintenance staff witnessed smoke coming from behind the apartments and went to investigate. The staff noticed a fire on the balcony and immediately started to evacuate multiple residences of the apartments. Four apartments sustained significant damage as a result of the fire. The occupants in a total of 16 units were affected by the incident and are displaced at this time. The American Red Cross was notified and will be assisting the displaced occupants.”.
The fire caused over $600,000 damage to the structure, with at least $200,000 loss of contents.
St. Charles, MD- Charles County Volunteer Fire Departments are responding to an apartment fire at New Forest- The Apartments of St. Charles.
Units have reported this to be a “severe” fire. As of now, we know that La Plata and Potomac Heights have been called to the scene, with Mechanicsville, filling in at the Potomac Heights station.
All images courtesy of Bill Smith Pio for Charles County Volunteer Fire and Emergency Medical Services
Watch for emergency vehicles and personal, and expect delays in the area.
This is a developing story…