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Eight firefighters injured in Pr. George's house fire

Eight firefighters suffered minor injuries while battling a blaze that badly damaged a house in Prince George's County late Sunday, officials said.

Authorities said the fire started at the two-story house in the 7000 block of Partridge Place in University Park at about 11 p.m. It was so intense that 911 dispatchers received phone calls reporting the fire from a high-rise building about a mile away, authorities said.

It took about an hour to get the fire “knocked down,” Prince George’s County fire spokesman Mark Brady wrote in a press release.

The University Park fire. (Pr. George's Fire Dept.)

A family of five, including three young children, were at home when the fire started. They were not injured, according to Brady.

The eight injured firefighters suffered burns, sprains, cuts and exhaustion and were taken to area hospitals, Brady wrote. The fire caused an estimated $700,000 in damage, he added.

-- Del Quentin Wilber

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 7, 2009; 8:17 AM ET
Categories:  Del Quentin Wilber , Fires & Fire Safety , Pr. George's  
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