Maryland Apartment Fire Injures Two Firefighters

By Peter DePaolis

An apartment fire in Montgomery County earlier this month injured two firefighters, according to The fire also damaged several apartments in White Oak after apparently starting in an apartment on the top floor.

Fire investigators said a tenant left a pan unattended on the stove while cooking. The pan melted and started the blaze, said, investigators. The fire spread so quickly that some tenants did not have time to grab any belongings before having to flee their apartments. Two firefighters suffered injuries battling the fire. Doctors treated and released one, and the other suffered serious injuries that were non-life-threatening.

The fire caused severe fire, smoke and water damage to the property. Some apartments are a total loss, while other tenants may be able to salvage some of their belongings. Investigators said the damage is at the $1 million mark. The fire displaced 28 people, and the Red Cross was on-hand helping people find temporary shelter.

The National Fire Protection Association says that cooking equipment fires are the number one cause of home fires and injuries. Two-thirds of home fires start from over-heated cooking materials and food. For more information, contact our office today.

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Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.