Three firefighters were injured while battling a house fire in Temple Hills, county fire officials said.
Shortly before 3 a.m. Wednesday, firefighters went to the 2900 block of Colebrooke Drive and found a single-family home with heavy smoke coming from the basement. Some firefighters made their way into the basement to extinguish the flames, and three firefighters positioned themselves at the top of a stairwell to prevent the fire from spreading from the basement to the first floor.
The fire was extinguished within 10 minutes of the firefighters' arrival, and the blaze did not spread significantly to the first floor, officials said.
The three firefighters who were at the top of the steps sustained minor burns and were taken to the burn unit at a hospital. One firefighter had burns on his neck, ears and wrist; the second firefighter had burns on his arms and wrist and the third had burns on his ears, wrist and knee, officials said.
The eight adults and five children who occupied the house made it out of the residence safely and were not injured. They have been displaced, and fire loss is estimated at $150,000.
Investigators have determined that the fire was accidental and caused by a malfunctioning dehumidifier.