Forestville house fire injures three firefighters

Photo: Ed Lehan

A house fire in Forestville Saturday sent three firefighters to the hospital.

Officials say the blaze broke out around 7:45 a.m. Interior conditions rapidly deteriorated as fire and heat quickly intensified. The fire spread rapidly throughout the 1940's Cape Cod and consumed the attached addition.

Firefighters were forced to evacuate the home on Walters Lane.

Flames were visible from just about every window of the addition. A portion of the fire was extinguished from the outside before firefighters re-entered the home.

Officials say the fire extended into the basement and upper floors.

The bulk of the fire was knocked down in about two hours.

Three residents were able to escape before firefighters arrived. A woman in her eighties was transported to the hospital as a precaution.

Three firefighters sustained bad burns to the upper body. Two were treated and released with burns to their wrists, arms and ears. The third firefighter remained hospitalized for possible airway burns. All three were transported to the Burn Unit at Medstar Washington Hospital Center.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.