Firefighters in Charles County Extinguish House Fire After Reported Explosion

November 25, 2019

On November 24, 2019, 2019, at approximately 6:30 p.m., firefighters from Waldorf and surrounding departments responded to 2561 Mattawoman Beantown Road in Waldorf, for the reported structure fire.

The 911 caller reported they heard an explosion and then saw fire coming out of the bedroom. A very short time later, Deputies from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office arrived along with Waldorf Chief 3A arrived on the scene to find a one-story residence with smoke coming from the front door.

Firefighters arrived on the scene and quickly made entry into the residence where they found an active fire in two rooms

28 volunteers from Charles County, along with 15 members from the Prince Georges’ County Fire Department responded to the incident.

Firefighters reported the cause of the fire was due to a malfunctioning space heater in the bedroom, the “explosion” was a result of oxygen equipment in the bedroom.

The Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal and American Red Cross were notified to assist.

Updates will be provided when they become available.

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7 Responses to Firefighters in Charles County Extinguish House Fire After Reported Explosion

  1. c rose on November 25, 2019 at 7:52 am

    A little more to this than a space heater and oxygen equipment , that is a oil filled radiant heater that has no open flame which is what would be needed for an explosion w/ compressed oxygen equipment. Let the fire Marshall determine the cause not the on scene fire fighters.

  2. Coyote on November 25, 2019 at 11:59 am

    I heard there was a occupant transported to the hospital with smoke inhalation, who rescued them, the F.D. or CCSO?

    • Anonymous on November 25, 2019 at 4:37 pm

      Smokey the bear.

    • Anonymous on November 26, 2019 at 6:13 am

      Take your pick scanner fans!

      With 43 people running in and out of that little house, it wasn’t like they were under-staffed.

  3. Anon on November 25, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    Is this the same house where the fire truck got stuck in the driveway? Passed that last night. Must have been after the fire was out because no fire was apparent when driving by.

  4. Anonymous on November 25, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    …whats all that wire under heater and tv remote ????

  5. C.c. on November 26, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    That’s a portable radiation heater. It rolls and I’m sure it was plugged into a power strip and not the wall. That’s what commonly starts these fire’s