U.Md. students escape early morning University Park house fire

WASHINGTON — Five University of Maryland students escaped a house fire Friday morning.

The house fire in the 6700 block of Baltimore Avenue in University Park, Maryland, started in the basement at 2 a.m. according to Assistant Fire Chief Alan Doubleday.

Doubleday said two firefighters were injured and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

There was a partial collapse in part of the structure, and the property damage is estimated to be $175,000.

University of Maryland students escaped this burning house on Baltimore Avenue in College Park. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
University of Maryland students escaped this burning house on Baltimore Avenue. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)

According to NBC Washington, one student lost her cap and gown in the fire. University President Wallace Loh tweeted, "Cap & gown are on me." (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
According to NBC Washington, one student lost her cap and gown in the fire. University President Wallace Loh tweeted, “Cap & gown are on me.” (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)

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University of Maryland students escaped this burning house on Baltimore Avenue in College Park. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
According to NBC Washington, one student lost her cap and gown in the fire. University President Wallace Loh tweeted, "Cap & gown are on me." (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)

The cause of the fire is still undetermined.

While the students evacuated their home safely, with no injuries, one student lost her cap and gown in the fire.

NBC Washington’s Erika Gonzalez, tweeted out to Wallace D Loh, president of the University of Maryland for help.

https://twitter.com/erika_news/status/865506438642188288

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly listed the location of the fire as College Park. It has been updated to correct the location as University Park.

Neal Augenstein

Neal Augenstein has been a reporter at WTOP since 1997. Through the years, Neal has covered many of the crimes and trials that have gripped the region. Neal's been pleased to receive awards over the years for hard news, feature reporting, use of sound and sports.


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