Firefighters immediately engaged in fire suppression activities. Since the status of the occupants were unknown to first arriving firefighters, search and rescue efforts ensued and during the search in low visibility through heat and smoke a firefighter fell through a hole in the floor. The firefighter fell through the floor to the basement and self-rescued with no apparent injuries.
The fire was quickly brought under control but significant damage to the home was sustained. At the time of the fire the house was unoccupied as the homeowners were away while the home was undergoing some renovation work.
Cause of the fire was listed as accidental; electrical in nature. Damage was estimated at a little over $250K total. A total of over 75 firefighters responded to the fire.
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Update - Takoma Park house fire brief narrative by MCFRS Incident Commander, Battalion Chief Matt Carrigan pic.twitter.com/cMm04nlsmGJanuary 31, 2016