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Firefighters put out a fire at a Brentwood duplex Friday night using foam rather than water, due to a high volume of combustible material that was packed in the home, according to a press release from the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department.

Firefighters were alerted to a fire at 5:45 p.m. that broke out on both floors of a two-story duplex on the 3400 block of Webster Street. When they tried to gain access to the home, they found combustible materials stacked from the floor to ceiling in some areas.

“The hoarder conditions resulted in firefighters having to evacuate the home for their own safety,” according to the press release.

Firefighters then decided to apply foam to the fire, which cools and eliminates oxygen from the fire to help put it out, according to the press release. They remained on the scene to remove debris and foam that was coming out of the home, the release said.

The fire caused an estimated $25,000 worth of damage. No injuries were reported, and the cause of the fire is still under investigation, according to the release.

Mark Brady, spokesman for Fire/EMS Department, referred The Gazette to the press release in a message and did not return a call for comment.

tsandoval@gazette.net