Update, 1:35 p.m.: A fifteen-year old boy was babysitting his two sisters when unattended cooking on the stove started a fire in the Greenbelt condominium they were in this morning, according to Mark Brady, Prince George's Fire/EMS spokesman.
The fire loss is estimated at $40,000 and only the apartment of origin is deemed unfit, according to the Prince George's County Fire/EMS blog. Complex management will assist the displaced family, the blog states.
Original Post, 10:52 a.m.: Unattended cooking started a fire at 8:15 a.m. at 7814 Hanover Parkway on Thursday, sending three people to the hospital to be evaluated for possible smoke inhalation, according to Mark Brady, Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department spokesman.
The fire started at the stove, extended to nearby combustible materials, then extended throughout the kitchen, Brady said.
It took firefighters about 10 minutes to extinguish the fire, which occurred in a top floor unit in Greenbelt, MD, Brady reported. Corzann Sailor, assistant community manager with Greenbriar Condominiums, confirmed the unit was one of its condominiums.
The three people taken to the hospital for evaluation were all in good condition, Brady reported. Brady said unattended cooking is the leading cause of fire and fire related injuries, not only in Prince George's County but across the country.