UPDATE: Overloaded Power Strip to Blame in Hollywood House Fire where Five Pets Perished

January 22, 2019

UPDATE 1/22/2019 @ 9:00 a.m.:  On January 18, 2019 at approximately 2:07 p.m., firefighters from Hollywood and surrounding companies responded to Sandy Bottom Road in Hollywood, for the single family home structure fire.

The owner and occupants have been identified as John and Tracey Russell, Sr., John Russell, Jr., and Heather Payton.

The estimated loss of structure and contents is $275,000.

The family is currently being assisted by the American Red Cross, friends and family, and numerous local businesses and organizations.

Smoke alarms were present and working.

50 firefighters responded and controlled the fire in approximately 20 minutes.

The fire was discovered by a next door neighbor, with the origin of fire starting in the basement. The fire is determined to be accidental and started due to a overloaded power strip in the basement of the residence.

The accidental fire, which was discovered by a neighbor, was the result of an overloaded power strip in the basement of the residence.

There were no injures as a result of the fire; however 1 dog and 4 cats perished as a result.

The family is being assisted by the American Red Cross, as well as family and friends.

UPDATE 1/18/2019 @ 7:00 p.m.: On Friday, January 18, 2019 at approximately 2:10 p.m., firefighters from Hollywood, Bay District, Leonardtown, Mechanicsville, and Seventh District responded to Sandy Bottom Road, for the reported structure fire.

Crews arrived on scene to find a two-story residence with fire and smoke showing from the roof.

During a primary search of the residence, a mayday was called after a partial roof collapse trapped a firefighter in the basement. All units were evacuated from the structure and started a defensive attack.

At least 3 firefighters were evaluated by emergency medical services personnel, however no injuries were reported at the scene.

Approximately 50 firefighters responded to the scene and extinguished the fire in approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. Sadly, one dog and two cats perished in the fire. A pet snake was also recovered from the residence.

The Maryland Office of the State Fire Marshal responded to the scene to investigate the cause of the fire.

The homeowners were not home at the time of the fire, and 2 adults and 3 children were displaced and are currently being assisted by The American Red Cross.

1/18/2019: On Friday, January 18 2019, at at approximately 2:05 p.m. firefighters  responded to a house fire on Sandy Bottom Road, in Hollywood.

Units arrived on scene to discover a single-story house with fire showing.

A firefighter in the basement had a ceiling  collapse on them.

One dog perished in the fire and one firefighter was evaluated at the scene by EMS.

Red Cross was called to the scene to assist the family.




19 Responses to UPDATE: Overloaded Power Strip to Blame in Hollywood House Fire where Five Pets Perished

  1. Anonymous on January 18, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    Unbelievable. What ever happened to interior fighting ?
    That could had put out easy if they went in with a fog pattern Instead of pushing the fire through the house with a straight stream form outside.
    What is the purpose of wearing MSA ?If you are going to stand outside .

    • Anonymous on January 22, 2019 at 10:46 am

      Its Hollywood Fire Department your talking about.

    • Anonymous on January 22, 2019 at 10:49 am

      Dude, STFU. Please. All you clowns on here that armchair quaterback on every article are so damn annoying, or keep telling us how it “could had put out easy” so we can keep laughing at you.

    • Anonymous on January 22, 2019 at 10:49 pm

      You obviously have no idea what you’re talking about.

  2. Davis on January 19, 2019 at 8:36 am

    There was interior firefighting at first. After finding out the whole floor was extremely weak and a good part of it compromised, crews were limited on interior work. There was no fire pushed, it was already spread throughout the house. If you are so perfect and know so much, how about you come and teach the firefighters in the county how to do their job. Apparently you have a lot of experience, we would love to learn from you.

    • Anonymous on January 19, 2019 at 9:13 am

      Yes I do. I am a retired firefighter from PG County of 37 years.
      The video did not show a line going in through the front door.
      If they had, it would had been knocked down fast.
      By judging of the snow on the sidewalk. It must had been an unoccupied dwelling.
      So there was no urgency to put it out. Sad!!

      • Wontfallthroughaburnedoutfloor on January 20, 2019 at 10:42 am

        You are not representing PGFD very well.

      • UnionFF4Life on January 20, 2019 at 4:12 pm

        I call BS on YOU! Stop dropping the PG tag, trying to sound like you’re a legit FF. You are just a yard breather that never made the cut, as a paid man, or a vollie! STFU and open another bag of Doritos, you worthless armchair wannabe and reminisce about all the episodes of Emergency! you watched. Loser.

        • Anonymous on January 21, 2019 at 9:46 am

          LMAO !! You funny

        • Anonymous on January 22, 2019 at 5:32 pm

          LOOOL

    • Anonymous on January 19, 2019 at 10:31 am

      Bravo

    • Anonymous on January 19, 2019 at 12:48 pm

      Exactly! Wth I cant stand know it alls!!!

  3. Jamie on January 19, 2019 at 8:49 am

    It’s actually a family of 7. 2 adults and 5 children.

    • Anonymous on January 22, 2019 at 5:35 pm

      So how many is 7.2 adults? Do you have midgets? ( Yes, this is sarcasm)

  4. Anonymous on January 19, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    Exactly! Wth I cant stand know it alls!!!

  5. Ol skool on January 19, 2019 at 5:48 pm

    Fog pattern will push the fire , not a straight stream. Also they were wearing Scott SCBA ‘s not MSA.
    Sounds like you need a refresher.

    • Anonymous on January 20, 2019 at 10:08 am

      Go back to basic firefighting. A fog pattern has multi uses.

      1 It covers a larger area
      2 It reduces the air temperature in a room
      3 By reducing the air temperature, reduces the chance of a flash over.

  6. Scratchingmyhead on January 19, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    ‘Push the fire with a straight stream’ LOL. Go read a book, and I mean one published in this century.

    Look at the burn pattern on the siding above the basement windows. Fire doesn’t burn down from the rafters. This was obviously a basement fire. Good call to pull people before the whole thing collapsed.

  7. Anonymous on January 22, 2019 at 10:48 am

    This house clearly has a basement. Someone didn’t do a proper scene size up.