Fire & Rescue

UPDATE: Fatal House Fire Ruled Accidental

UPDATE: Fatal House Fire Ruled Accidental

UPDATE - Official Press release from the State Fire Marshal 4/21/14 The Office of the State Fire Marshal has determined the cause of the April 16, 2014 fatal fire. Investigators found an operating burner on the electric stove was on a low setting and came into contact with combustibles that resulted in a fast moving fire...
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Huntingtown Teen Headed to National Fifrefighter Competition in Missouri

Huntingtown Teen Headed to National Fifrefighter Competition in Missouri

On Saturday April 5, 2014 Huntingtown VFD member, Gabriel Robinson participated in a state-wide firefighting competition in Anne Arundel County. Gabriel has been a junior member of the Huntingtown department for the past year and is currently a student in the Calvert County High School cadet program. Students in this curriculum leave school early every...
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La Plata Volunteer Fire Department Rescue Man From Roof After Fall

La Plata Volunteer Fire Department Rescue Man From Roof After Fall

On Sunday April 13, 2014 firefighters from the La Plata Volunteer Fire Department responded to Hawkins Gate Road in La Plata for a high angle rescue. Units responded to the scene for a male subject who had fallen from a second story roof onto a single story garage roof. Crews stabilized and packaged the...
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Car Fire in Morganza

Car Fire in Morganza

On Friday, April 11, 2014, at approximately 5:30p.m., firefighters from the Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department were alerted for an auto fire on Point Lookout Road in the area of St. Josephs Church in Morganza. Crews arrived on scene to find a car fully involved in flames on the shoulder of Point Lookout Road. Units...
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Tractor Trailer Fire in California

Tractor Trailer Fire in California

On April 12, 2014 units from the Bay District Volunteer Fire Department responded to the 21600 block of Bean Family Lane, in California for the report of a tractor trailer on fire. Once on the scene firefighters were able to control the blaze within five minutes. The fire began in the engine compartment of...
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Accident in Huntingtown Sends Three People to Area Hospital

Accident in Huntingtown Sends Three People to Area Hospital

On Monday April 14, 2014 at approximately  8:45a.m., members from the Huntingtown Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad were alerted for the auto accident at Lower Marlboro Road & Lower Marlboro Court, in Huntingtown. The Huntingtown Volunteers arrived on location of a 3 vehicle accident with one patient trapped. Rescue workers were able to remove...
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Early Morning Fire in Waldorf Destroys Family Home

Early Morning Fire in Waldorf Destroys Family Home

Remnants from a charcoal grill started a fire that engulfed a Waldorf home early Monday morning, Maryland Stat Fire Marshal, Melissa Bean reported. Firefighters from multiple Charles County fire companies responded to the 2900 block of Henry Court in the Constitution Hills subdivision, in Waldorf. Five units from Prince George’s County also responded. Once the fire...
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SLVFD Alarmers Spring Craft and Vendor Show

SLVFD Alarmers Spring Craft and Vendor Show

The St. Leonard Volunteer Fire Department Alarmers will hold their Spring Craft and Vendor Show Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 9 am to 2 pm. There will be homemade crafts, vendors, kids’ activities, games, bake sale, door prizes, food and refreshments. For additional information call, test or email Becky at 443-684-1172 or email alarmers7slvfd@gmail.com.
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Rollover Accident in Loveville Sends one to Hospital

Rollover Accident in Loveville Sends one to Hospital

On Friday, April 4, 2014 at approximately 8:30 a.m., volunteers from the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad were alerted to a report of an accident with a vehicle overturned at Busy Corner road in Loveville. Crews arrived on the scene to discover a silver SUV vehicle that was overturned with one occupant...
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Juvenile Charged for Setting Fire at Spring Ridge Middle School

Juvenile Charged for Setting Fire at Spring Ridge Middle School

On Thursday, April 3, 2014, at 11 a.m., a fire was discovered by a student at Spring Ridge Middle School in Lexington Park. The St. Mary’s Sheriff’s Office responded. The fire was extinguished by staff, using water from the sink inside the 6th grade girls’ bathroom. The fire destroyed a plastic trash container in...
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Third Arson in Lexington Park in as Many Nights

Third Arson in Lexington Park in as Many Nights

On April 1, 2014, at 10:17 pm, a fire at Hunting Creek, Daisy Lane, Lexington Park, was spotted by a neighbor. Bay District Volunteer Fire Department and the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded. Unknown suspect(s) intentionally set fire to a couch, sitting next to a dumpster, destroying the couch and damaging the exterior...
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Dumpster Fires under Investigation at Hunting Creek Apartments

Dumpster Fires under Investigation at Hunting Creek Apartments

On March 31, 2014 at 11:33 pm, a fire in a dumpster was discovered by a neighbor. Unknown suspect(s) intentionally set fire to the contents of a dumpster, owned by Republic Services, in the Hunting Creek Apartment complex on Daisy Lane in Lexington Park. Bay District Volunteer Fire Department and the St. Mary’s Sheriff’s...
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Fire Destroys Ford Focus in Valley Lee

Fire Destroys Ford Focus in Valley Lee

On Tuesday, April 1, at approximately 8:45 a.m., firefighters from Valley Lee were dispatched to a car fire on Piney Point Road in the area of Happyland Road, in Valley Lee. Firefighters arrived on the scene to find a Ford Focus on the westbound shoulder fully engulfed in flames. The fire was quickly extinguished...
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Motor Vehicle Involving a Sign in Leonardtown Leads to fly out

Motor Vehicle Involving a Sign in Leonardtown Leads to fly out

On Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 12:45p.m., fire and rescue personal were alerted to the area of 25000 Point Lookout Road, in Leonardtown for the reported single vehicle accident. Crews arrived on scene to discover a single vehicle off the roadway and into a large commercial roadside sign. Dispatchers advised additional callers stated the...
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Huntingtown High School “Heroes” Honored at Commissioners’ Meeting

Huntingtown High School “Heroes” Honored at Commissioners’ Meeting

At the Calvert Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) on March 25, 2014, four Huntingtown High School students and their bus driver were honored for their heroism. On Friday, March 7, 2014 at approximately 7 am, as bus driver Ronald “Steve” Gladhill was on route, picking students up for the Huntingtown High School along Claggett...
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Malfunctioning Wall Outlet Cause of House Fire in La Plata

Malfunctioning Wall Outlet Cause of House Fire in La Plata

On March 26, 2014, at 11:06 am, a fire at 602 Kent Avenue, La Plata, was discovered by a neighbor. La Plata, Waldorf, Bel Alton, Bryans Road, NDW, Marbury and Hughesville Volunteer Fire Departments responded. The fire in the bedroom of the single story wood framed home was determined to be accidental from an...
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House Fire in La Plata Ruled Accidental Due to Discarded Cigarette

House Fire in La Plata Ruled Accidental Due to Discarded Cigarette

On March 25, 2014, at 10:46 am, a house fire at 1013 Sweetgrass Circle, La Plata, was discovered by the occupant. The home owner woke up after hearing a smoke alarm go off. Upon looking for the source of the smoke, the home owner discovered the smoke was coming from their home studio. La...
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Safety and Security Festivals to be Held at St. Mary’s High Schools

Safety and Security Festivals to be Held at St. Mary’s High Schools

The festivals will include activities and events designed to further educate SMCPS high school students about personal safety and avoiding high risk youth behaviors. The festival day for each high school is: Monday, April 7, 2014 Chopticon High School 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM Wednesday, April 9, 2014 Great Mills High School 8:00 AM...
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Chevrolet Impala Fire under Investigation in Waldorf

Chevrolet Impala Fire under Investigation in Waldorf

On March 23, 2014 at 10:31 pm, a vehicle fire at 2851 Starling Drive, Waldorf was spotted by a passerby. Waldorf Volunteer Fire Department responded. The fire destroyed the 2005 Chevrolet Impala. The origin of the fire was the interior of the vehicle and the preliminary cause is undetermined. The estimated cost is $2500...
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Leonardtown Pavilion Fire under Investigation

Leonardtown Pavilion Fire under Investigation

On March 23, 2014 at 5:35 pm, a fire at 22300 Meadow Lane, Leonardtown, was spotted by a passerby. St. Mary’s County was the owner of the pavilion. Leonardtown, Hollywood, Mechanicsville, Seventh District Volunteer Fire Departments responded. The fire was contained within the pavilion. The incendiary fire was started by unknown suspect(s) igniting combustible...
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Waldorf Vehicle Fire Determined to be Accidental

Waldorf Vehicle Fire Determined to be Accidental

On March 21, 2014 at 2:08 pm, a vehicle fire, at the intersection of Berry Road and Route 301 in Waldorf, was discovered by a Charles County Deputy Sheriff on routine patrol. The 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe was being driven at the time the fire ignited. Waldorf Volunteer Fire Department responded. The fire began in...
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Dumpster Fire Sets Vehicle Ablaze under Investigation

Dumpster Fire Sets Vehicle Ablaze under Investigation

On March 24, 2014 at 4:03 am, a fire at 44755 Jeeter Way, California was discovered by a passerby. Bay District Volunteer Fire Department and the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded. A dumpster and a 2000 Mitsubishi Murano were on fire. The fire was determined to have originated from inside the dumpster and...
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Rollover in Hollywood Sends one to Area Trauma Center

Rollover in Hollywood Sends one to Area Trauma Center

UPDATE: At 7:56 p,m., Corporal O’Connor of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to a single motor vehicle accident with injuries on St. John’s Road in the area of Sandy Bottom Road. The vehicle failed to negotiate the turn and left the roadway. The vehicle struck a ditch and overturned several times. The driver,...
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Southern Maryland News Net Recognizes Local Firefighters

Southern Maryland News Net Recognizes Local Firefighters

In 2013 Southern Maryland News Net began recognizing firefighters across Southern Maryland and will continue to do so throughout the coming years. These awards recognize those who stand out on the scene, around the fire house, and who always go “Above and Beyond” what is expected of them with outstanding dedication/service to our (on...
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Police on the Scene of a Shooting in Leonardtown

Police on the Scene of a Shooting in Leonardtown

UPDATE – Official Sheriff’s Statement: On March 21, 2014 at 11:50AM, detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division, received information on the possible location of a suspect wanted on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in Circuit Court. Detectives were also attempting to locate the suspect in connection with several recent burglaries. Detectives responded...
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