Shortly before 6 a.m., units from Bunker Hill and surrounding stations were dispatched to the intersection of 34th Street and Eastern Avenue in Mount Rainier for a reported house fire. Engine Company 1 responded as second due.
Video Courtesy Mike Mav, top photo courtesy Co. 55 via PGFD. Audio via Broacastify/Radio Reference
Units began an aggressive push to contain the fire and protect exposures, but due to hoarder-style conditions and crews were evacuated and units went to exterior operations.
Engine 1’s crew operated multiple lines including later in the fire working off Truck 716 knocking down fire from a second floor window.
Unfortunately, two residents of the home died as a result of the fire. Engine Companies 55, 1, Truck 9 and 716 were held for several hours to assist investigators after technical rescue crews stabilized part of the structure. Engine 1’s volunteer crew was relieved by our county day crew on scene just before Noon.
#BREAKING: @PGFDNews confirms a second fatality has been found at the scene of a house fire in the 3400 Blk Eastern Ave in Mount Rainier. Cause remains under investigation. Extensive firefight was complicated by hoarding conditions and collapse danger. pic.twitter.com/tv48wFMhdi
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— Jeremy Wilson (@jbw1222) March 22, 2018
We are just arriving at the scene of a deadly fire in Chillum Maryland. Cape Cod style single family home went up in flames early this morning. Tremendous amount of fire apparatus and personnel on the scene. Cause unknown. Live on @ABC7GMW pic.twitter.com/UVczggA39U
— John Gonzalez (@John7News) March 22, 2018