Two Saturday house fires displace residents in Chapel Oaks, Lanham -- Gazette.Net



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Two fires Saturday nearly destroyed two homes in Chapel Oaks and Lanham.

A two-story, single-family home in Chapel Oaks was the first house fire reported around 4:30 p.m. Saturday, said Mark Brady, a Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department spokesman. Firefighters extinguished the blaze in about 15 minutes, and officials deemed the fire was caused by an electrical malfunction, Brady said.

He said the fire caused $100,000 in damages, and the family of six, including four adults and two teenagers, are displaced and being assisted by the County Citizen Services Unit.

About 15 minutes later, a second house fire was reported in the basement of a one-story, single-family home in Lanham, Brady said.

Firefighters initially searched for a missing occupant in the basement but later found the person uninjured at a neighbor’s home, Brady said.

The fire accounted for nearly $75,000 in damages, and the home’s occupants are displaced, Brady said.

Brady said fire officials believe the blaze may have started from outside the home and extended into the basement. An exact cause is still being investigated.

djgross@gazette.net