UPDATE: Fire That Completely Destroys House in Lexington Park Ruled Accidental

January 23, 2019

UPDATE 1/23/2019: On January 22, 2019 at 12:40 p.m., firefighters responded to 20915 Olympia Court, in Lexington Park for the reported structure fire.

The owner is identified as Federal National Mortgage Association, and the occupant Latoya Mason.

The estimated loss is valued at $350,000. Smoke alarms were present and activated.

26 firefighters responded and controlled the fire in 1 hour. Firefighters operated on scene for over 2-hours.

The fire was discovered by an occupant, and the origin of fire was determined to be on the exterior rear-deck.

The preliminary cause was deemed accidental and due to combustible materials being too close to a kerosene heater.

The family has been displaced as a result of the fire and is being assisted by the American Red Cross.

The structure is considered a total loss.

1/22/2019: On Tuesday, January 22, 2019, at approximately 12:40 p.m., firefighters from NAS Patuxent River, Bay District, and Ridge responded to Olympia Court in Lexington Park, for the reported structure fire.

Smoke could be seen from as far as Mervell Dean Road, in Hollywood.

Crews arrived on scene to find fire and smoke showing from all sides of the house, and declared a defensive attack only for safety.

Firefighters operated on the scene for over 2 hours.

American Red Cross responded to the scene to assist 2 adults, 3 children, and 2 therapy dogs.

No known injuries were reported, and the residence next door was damaged by the heat of the fire.

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

Updates will be released when the full reported is provided.



28 Responses to UPDATE: Fire That Completely Destroys House in Lexington Park Ruled Accidental

  1. GoingInterior! on January 22, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    Lightweight construction for the win !

    Now where is that hero from ‘PG’ who would have ‘gone interior’ and knocked that right down with his fog-stream ;-)

    Sucky deal for the folks who lost their home.

    • The Big 29’er on January 23, 2019 at 6:27 am

      Right! More like a wannabe that couldn’t pass PG’s written exam, or the physical agility test! He’s probably sitting in his parents basement right now, watching “Back Draft” on VHS, for the 100th time. That loser needs to stop perpetrating a fraud.

  2. Anonymous on January 22, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    That house is listed as a foreclosure on line.

    • momo on January 23, 2019 at 3:40 pm

      How do you know this and why would you say anything like that, especially how a family has lost everything? If you don’t have anything to say that’s not nice then don’t say it now it

      • Jungle Dwellers have internet now on January 24, 2019 at 5:57 am

        Try again.

        This time in English.

        Maybe mom-mom can help mo-mo

        Wow. And no child was left behind?

      • werwe on January 24, 2019 at 7:39 am

        The owner is identified as Federal National Mortgage Association which screams foreclosure. The article was updated with that information before you commented.

        Regardless, a family is without a home and they need help.

      • Anonymous on January 25, 2019 at 1:51 pm

        Well technically they were going to lose everything anyways right for not paying their bills?

        • Anonymous on January 26, 2019 at 8:47 pm

          You have know idea what you are talking about they pay there Bills shame on you for bad mouthing people you dont even know but the old saying goes carma is a Bit__ hope this never happens to you or any of your family

  3. Smokey on January 22, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    That joint was jump’n!

  4. Anonymous on January 22, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    If anyone doesn’t have anything nice to say then don’t say anything thanks

    • Jumpin’ Jack on January 23, 2019 at 4:58 am

      Like that house was a foreclosure? Or the neighbor hood sucks because the houses are stacked on top of each other? Or the PAX crew sucks cause they’re paid and the volunteers really showed them? What are you complaint about? No one made any derogatory remarks except towards the PG firefighter that commented on the Hollywood house fire.

      • Rudy G on January 24, 2019 at 5:50 am

        Alleged PG firefighter…….

      • Ricky Ricardo on January 24, 2019 at 5:59 am

        Yeah – “What are you complaint about”, Lucy?

        You got some ‘splainin’ to do.

  5. Anonymous on January 23, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    Looks like it was intentionally set fire to me and home owner waited before calling. That fire is a fueled fire to have spread that fast.

  6. Jay on January 23, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    This is why I will never own a kerosene heater. Prayers for the family Involved..

    It’s also amazing how they can figure out exactly where and a fire starts in a house that’s completely burnt to the ground. … cool stuff!

    • Smokin' Jay? on January 24, 2019 at 6:06 am

      1. You are probably correct: A moron who could not operate a heater correctly and safely should NEVER own one.

      2. You are a hypocrite. You won’t be prayin’….so why should anyone else?

      3. It is amazing how things can be “figured out”. It is called “education”. Try it sometime.

  7. Anonymous on January 23, 2019 at 11:14 pm

    How do you not have renters insurance? $30 a month would replace everything.

    • Dialing for democrats on January 24, 2019 at 6:00 am

      Are you serious?

      Welfare and county assistance will replace it – and more – for FREE!

    • Jim Goldsmith on January 24, 2019 at 10:24 am

      How do you not pay your rent/mortgage? And you expect them to worry about renters/homeowners insurance? Hilarious!

  8. Obsidian on January 24, 2019 at 8:27 am

    The house was a foreclosure and was squatting.

    • Bubbles on January 24, 2019 at 2:07 pm

      Sasquat lived there?

    • Obsidian on January 25, 2019 at 4:24 am

      Was it squatting on the foundation?

  9. Whats That Smell on January 24, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    So the Kerosene heater was being used on the deck, and burnt the house down ? That sounds fishy.

    • Smokeybear on January 25, 2019 at 10:28 am

      With wind deck fires like to run up the siding and get into the attic. At that point it’s game over.

  10. Lilith on January 24, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw bricks

    Didnt your mother teach you not to say anything if you don’t have anything nice to say??

    • Anonymous on January 25, 2019 at 11:18 am

      That wasn’t a very nice thing to say. Maybe their mother passed away during childbirth.

      Didn’t you even think about that?

      • Lilith on January 26, 2019 at 9:05 am

        Nope! But I did think about you, Shutting TFU. Your mum! Thanks!

  11. Peter Rabbit on January 26, 2019 at 7:50 am

    This woman is an attention seeker!! Living on section 8 with a hose full of kids with different criminal fathers. Why is the ” new” boyfriend living in a section 8 home rent free??? Something fishy going on here!!