Second fire at Compton Avenue townhouse Friday morning

Firefighters from area stations returned early Friday to the site of Wednesday's fire at a Compton Avenue townhouse to fight a second blaze, according to Prince George's County Fire and EMS chief spokesman Mark Brady.

Friday's fire was extinguished in about two hours, but several blocks of Route 198 and Compton Avenue were closed through Friday morning. Brady said fire investigators have determined Friday's fire was a "rekindle" of the original fire on Wednesday night.

In Wednesday's fire, a Laurel firefighter was injured and nine people were displaced after fire broke out in the townhouse on the 400 block of Compton Avenue.

Fire units arriving after 7 p.m. Wednesday found heavy fire coming from the end-unit, two-story townhouse, according to Brady.

Fire departments from Howard, Montgomery and Anne Arundel counties assisted the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department and firefighters from northern Prince George's County in the two-alarm fire Wednesday, which was extinguished in about 45 minutes to an hour, Brady said in a blog post.

An adult resident of the townhouse was displaced, as well as six adults and two children from the home on the other end of the triplex, Brady said. The middle house in the group of three was not occupied.

A Laurel Volunteer Fire Department member who was burned on both ears Wednesday was treated at Medstar Washington Hospital Center, but has been released.

Brady said the initial fire, which caused about $300,000 in damages, is under investigation and no cause has been determined.

This story has been updated.


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