House Fire in La Plata

October 28, 2014

Two La Plata Police Officers and Two Charles County Sheriff’s Deputies helping extinguish the fire.

On Tuesday, October 28, 2014, at approximately 7:13 a.m., firefighters from La Plata, Waldorf, Bel Alton, Marbury, Bryans Road, Newburg, Indian Head and Potomac Heights Volunteer Fire Departments responded to 118 Mallard Lane, in La Plata for a report of a house fire.

A neighbor noticed smoke coming from two story residence on Mallard Lane and called 911.

Responding fire departments discovered the rear of the house to be engulfed in flames. Fifty-five (55) firefighters from the surrounding areas responded and were able to extinguish the fire.

The cause of the fire has been determined to be the result of an unattended candle igniting nearby combustible materials.

There was no one home at the time of the fire.

Two Volunteer firefighters from La Plata, ages 27 and 22, sustained injuries. Both were treated and released from Charles Regional Medical Center.

The estimated loss to the structure was $175,000.00 and $75,000.00 to the contents of the residence.


26 Responses to House Fire in La Plata

  1. Eric on October 28, 2014 at 7:30 pm


  2. Anonymous on October 28, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    Since when has Law Enforcement been so involved in Fire Fighting Operations?

    • Andrew Niebor on October 29, 2014 at 11:50 am

      ALOT of our Volunteer Fire Fighters/EMS Crew are Police Officers, etc….what difference does it make honestly. They were assiting in putting out a fire!

      • Anonymous on October 29, 2014 at 1:18 pm

        They were “assisting” on making the fire worse. They are feeding the fire with more oxygen as well as if anyone were in the house they would be burning them up. Also why in the world does it take 4 men to hold a hose line lol.

        • 790 on October 30, 2014 at 11:31 am

          Cause they are use to going in a door in a stack or tactical formation. Two completely different disciplines.

      • ricky on October 29, 2014 at 2:28 pm

        It makes a lot of difference, they do not have any proctive clothing on, thet are spraying water in the front door not even getting to the bulk of the fire, the inproper use of the hose is giving the fire more air to spread quicker. The police in this picture are being oaid to operate as a police office not a free lance fire fighter. This is an ego ride for them, look at me I am police man I am a hero. they need to learn to step back and let the proper people handle whats going on and know that they are not always in charge nor should be.

        • anonymous on October 31, 2014 at 5:07 pm

          and Ricky has no spell check. I’m pretty certain it was a complete loss anyway, and the fire was in the rear so your argument about pushing the fire or feeding the flames is rooted in pretty much nothing.

  3. Micoxaphlopn on October 29, 2014 at 7:25 am

    Dang! those fire fighters look like cops!.

  4. ricky on October 29, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Why are these police officers using a hose line? They have on no protective clothing on, they have no busness trying to fight a fire.. this just showes that the police can nit control them self and have to try and control everything reguardless if they should or not. If a fire fighter grabbed an ar15 and ran into a hostage sicne the fire fighter would becarrested for interference with police scene. These police should be given suspension for interference with a fire scene.

    • Anonymous on October 29, 2014 at 1:41 pm

      Trust me. These pictures are making them the laughing stock of the state. I am seeing these images all over the place. I believe they are getting enough punishment lol.

    • Anonymous on October 29, 2014 at 3:30 pm

      The police were on the hose because the first fire truck showed up with a driver only and no crew. They did what they were asked to do, and from what I hear some of them do have experience with firefighting.

      • ricky on October 29, 2014 at 5:13 pm

        If any of these police officers have experience then it isnt much or they forgot what was taught to them in ff1. They are standing in the yard shooting water in the front door using a fog patteren. This pattern has very little reach but it does draw lot of air behind it. This air fules tge fire and pushes it. With the ammount of fire on the second division they where not doing anything to help and making it all that much worse. I do understand that the first fire truck was driver only, that was the very first mistake made here. A first due fire truck responding to a house on fire driver only is almost useless. And this ptoved it. The fire truck shoukd have waited for a crew or be allowed to fail so another fully staffed truck could be allerted .

  5. Neeta Neeta on October 29, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Nice to see all first responders pitching in. Too bad about the house though. When will people learn candles should never ever ever be left unattended. ever.

    • Kathy Williams on October 30, 2014 at 10:49 am

      I agree. I don’t have any candles of any kind in my house.

  6. taradies on October 29, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    With 55 firefighters on scene it is obvious that everyone needs to be fired. Why the hell were they allowing this BS to occur? A publicity stunt gone wrong? Sounds like it, thank goodness they are being called out for this huge mistake that cause more damage than necessary(not that any was necessary, but not all of the damage can be blamed on them).

    • Brian Barfield on October 30, 2014 at 10:37 am

      There were not 55 firefighters on scene when this picture was taken. First unit showed with just a driver, it’s my understanding that he asked the officers to handle the line, though I’m sure he intended for them to do better than this image shows.

  7. WTF on October 29, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Hose line but no Firefighters, wagon get out driver only?

  8. bobbyo on October 30, 2014 at 10:55 am

    I’m sure as soon as dinner they are done with breakfast the firemen win show up… thank god the cops were there.

    • ffjsb on October 30, 2014 at 8:11 pm

      And what’s YOUR excuse for not volunteering??? Maybe it’s because you can’t manage to speak English??

  9. Augie on October 30, 2014 at 11:24 am

    The reason the police was assisting was the first due engine was driver only on the scene, the original first due engine was dispatched 7 minutes earlier to an accident so there was a slight delay in response since that engine was assisting patients at an accident, when they cleared the accident they then were able to respond to the house fire, some deputies are volunteer firefighter’s as well but do not carry the gear in their cruisers, good job by all on the scene!

    • Ray Lenhardt on October 31, 2014 at 11:39 am

      After reading what Augie had to say about the first due engine, I see where there was a delay in a full crew responding. If the house fire call came in 8 minutes sooner than it did, the outcome would be more like the great service that LPVFD is known for.

  10. Anonymous on October 30, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Why are we so critical?

  11. Joe Summers on November 1, 2014 at 11:18 am

    The fire oocured in La Plata. It’s my understanding that they had 1 unit already out on a call. The Engine from Station 1 went driver only. If the Fire Department can only fully staff 1 Unit – why does the station have:
    A Tiller Truck
    A Rescue Engine
    2 Pumpers
    A Tanker
    A Colapse Unit
    2 Brush Units

    That is a lot of taxpayer funded equipment just sitting there. ..

    It’s time the Volunteer Fire Service and the County takes a good hard look at the ratio of Available Apparatus vs Available Personnel to Staff the Units

    • Immature on November 4, 2014 at 7:11 pm

      How about the career hazmat unit, light unit and air unit that get called on and respond 30min after dispatch in the middle of the night, so much for 24/7 service. How about those tax dollars

  12. There was a rally held October on November 1, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    30, against the proposed Charter Government, at the LaPlata fire house.

  13. Rob on November 6, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Once again the point is proven. In southern Maryland you get what you pay for. Sad very sad.