A family of five in Hyattsville has been displaced by a Saturday afternoon fire that started next to their furnace, according to Prince George’s County fire officials. The family was not home at the time, and no one was injured.
Prince George’s County Fire/EMS dispatched units from Chillum and Hyattsville after receiving a 911 call about a possible house fire in the 2100 block of Rittenhouse Street.
At the scene, firefighters saw a blaze on the first floor of a two-story single family home. The fire was quickly contained. Prince George’s County Fire/EMS spokesman Mark E. Brady said Sunday that investigators determined the cause of the fire was combustible materials left too close to a furnace in the first floor utility room. The blaze caused about worth $70,000, Brady said.
The family of four adults and one child has been set up in temporary housing by Fire/EMS’s Citizen Services Unit and the Red Cross.