UPDATE: State Fire Marshal Investigating House Fire in Waldorf That Injured Eleven Fire Fighters

October 4, 2019

UPDATE 10/5/2019 @ 3:30 A.M.: On Friday, October 4, 2019, at approximately 4:50 p.m, firefighters from Waldorf and surrounding departments responded to 10386 Chamberlin Court East in Waldorf, for the reported structure fire.

The incident is not suspicious in nature, and the cause is under investigation by the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

The damage to the two story single family dwelling and contents was estimated at  $ 475,000.

The fire originated in the area of the rear deck, and was discovered by a neighbor.

Over 75 firefighters responded, and it took approximately 25 minutes to bring the fire under control.

Eleven Firefighters from Charles and Prince Georges counties were transported to local hospitals for non life-threatening injuries.

The home was occupied by two adults and a young child, who are receiving assistance from the American Red Cross.

Anyone with any additional information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

UPDATE 10/5/2019 @ 7:00 A.M.: The Charles County Volunteer Fire and Emergency Medical Services Facebook page released the following update. – “Two additional Firefighters were transported to the hospital for evaluation after returning to their Stations. This brings the total number of injured firefighters to 11.”

UPDATE 19/4/2019 @ 8:20 P.M.: The Charles County Volunteer Fire and Emergency Medical Services Facebook page released the following update. – “A total of 9 Firefighters were transported from the scene for a variety of injuries that are all non life threatening. Maryland State Fire Marshals Office is currently on the scene investigating the fire. We currently have Mutual Aid Support from P.G. County, St. Mary’s County and Calvert County. All occupants were not home at the time of the fire. American Red Cross has been called out to assist them.”

10/4/2019: On Friday, October 4, 2019, at approximately 4:50 p.m, firefighters from Waldorf and surrounding departments responded to 10386 Chamberlin Court East in Waldorf, for the reported structure fire.

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

Police were called to the residence before the fire was dispatched, and it is unknown at this time what that call was for.

Some firefighters reportedly jumped to safety through a second floor window down to a first floor deck. Reports from the scene advised nine firefighters were transported from the scene for injuries or to be checked out by medical personnel.

Red Cross was requested to the scene to assist with providing aid to two adults and a toddler.

Updates will be provided when they become available.




19 Responses to UPDATE: State Fire Marshal Investigating House Fire in Waldorf That Injured Eleven Fire Fighters

  1. Anonymous on October 4, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS

    • Anonymous on October 7, 2019 at 11:55 am

      Another super-concerned thought-filled prayer warrior!

  2. BooBerry on October 5, 2019 at 1:22 am

    Many thanks for what you do everyday! Hope everyone heals quickly.

  3. Anonymous on October 5, 2019 at 6:05 am

    I wondered what all the sirens were.
    I hope everyone will recover quickly.

  4. Anonymous on October 5, 2019 at 10:18 am

    What a joke. Can we please get some real, professional FF’s already? Their wouldnt be 11 injured that’s for sure. That’s what happens when you send inexperienced hobbyists to do a professionals job.

    • Anonymous on October 6, 2019 at 7:45 pm

      You are a special kind of dumb with that comment. A lot of volunteer firefighters are career firefighters that do this on their day off saving you the tax payer millions a year ( if you even have a job). I am both career and volunteer and have many hours of training and many certifications. I dont like the term “professional firefighter” because I know more than a few FFs that get paid to do it and they are far from professional. A lot of volunteers are professionals in the field of fire/ EMS. If you think the services arent good enough stop being a jack ass in front/behind a computer, go volunteer and show us what you have to offer. I work 24 hr shifts, miss time with my family, holidays, birthdays, and then i get off work and miss out on the same things on my days off not to mention the sleep and rest i could be getting.

      Also since you know it all, tell me how many more volunteers are injured compared to “professionals” just look up the last few big job FDNY has had and you can see this many hurt isnt uncommon. Injuries happen when you do a dangerous job that takes balls. Something Im assuming you lack with your post. Also these men and women do so much for their communities ( protect life, property, the environment, community events, stand bys, fire safety and public education) just to name a few. I could go on and on because so much done goes unnoticed. You see things that no one should ever have to see that stay with you forever, but that comes with the job. But i have to ask, what have you done to serve your community? what have you done to give back? and how much have you done for nothing that has or could cost you so much (possibly your life) ?

      I usually ignore these comments because they are made by people that are uneducated or just dumb. Im not sure which one you are but i finally just reached my limit and had to say something for the first and last time. The only joke is you and your post. Fires are unpredictable and things can go from ok to bad in a split second no matter how much training you have or how good you are. Buildings are not the same as the were years ago, cheaper light weight construction and synthetic fire loads cause fires to burn hotter and faster while the structure has less burn time before failure. But every time no matter the risks we will put our lives on the line to go in, search for victims, and to put out the fire to save whatever belongings you have or to keep the fire from spreading to other houses. I hope you never need us unprofessional volunteers one day whether its for a fire, medical emergency, or to cut you or a loved one out of a mangled car or other technical rescue situation. But if you do, you can count on dedicated men and women showing up to do the best job they can in your time of need.

      To the people that offered thanks, thoughts, prayers, or have supported your local volunteers in any way, it is all very much appreciated by your local fire and emergency medical workers.

    • CliffDiver on October 7, 2019 at 7:52 am

      Hey! Some hobby’s are inherently dangerous, so give them a break ok?

    • hellyeah12345 on October 7, 2019 at 8:08 am

      Awesome, so your volunteering than ?

      • Is all of SoMD uneducated? on October 7, 2019 at 11:56 am

        You mean “then” not “than”.

        How did so many children get left behind?

    • Anonymous on October 7, 2019 at 8:34 am

      I was there when it happened Karen the house collapsed on them. One of them had a medical condition already that was triggered while inside.

    • Oh well on October 7, 2019 at 8:55 am

      We cant afford full time “professional firefighters” because we are spending all of our money supporting the illegal, err, I mean, undocumented…

    • Chris on October 7, 2019 at 9:08 am

      What a horrible thing to say. These men and women put their lives on the line every day and you are going to cut them down? You are the joke Anonymous. I wouldn’t have used my real name either if I made such an ignorant comment like yours.

    • Smh on October 7, 2019 at 11:20 am

      First of all, it’s There, not Their.. Second of all, if you think you can do a better job, by all means, please show us..

    • Anonymous on October 9, 2019 at 9:50 pm

      Hook, line and sinker.

  5. Marvin Cavanaugh II on October 7, 2019 at 6:43 am

    You are an ahole!! These men and women risk their lives for free!! They willingly put themselves in harms way without compensation to save lives and property!! You dont know why they HAD to jump from the building!! As a fellow firefighter I take offence to what you have said!! If you have never been a firefighter you will never know what we face in those situations!!! Keep you crappy thoughts to yourself!! If it were your home or someone you cared about that got hurt, I bet your comments would be different!!

    • Anonymous on October 7, 2019 at 11:58 am

      Oh Boo Hoo.
      If you wanna kiss their a$$ do it privately.
      I want competence on a job – not heroics from a bunch of amateurs.
      Kissy kissy

      • Chris on October 9, 2019 at 8:14 am

        A roof collapsing has nothing to do with competence. The firefighters acted accordingly to the situation at hand.

  6. Anonymous on October 7, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    Oh Boo Hoo.
    If you wanna kiss their a$$ do it privately.
    I want competence on a job – not heroics from a bunch of amateurs.
    Kissy kissy hissy hissy

    No excuse for that many workers being hurt in a building fire when my son and I could have put out the fire in 22 minutes.

  7. thomas on October 11, 2019 at 8:54 am

    Thanks so much too the Volunteers we greatly appreciate all you do.