Three people escape two-alarm house fire in the Provinces

February 08, 2000

In a home where the smoke detectors lacked batteries, three people escaped a two-alarm fire yesterday morning that sent flames through the roof, county fire officials said.

Chul H. An, 42, and two other adults living in the two-story home in the 7900 block of Chalice Road in the Provinces refused treatment for minor smoke inhalation, a Fire Department spokesman said.

Firefighters, called to the house shortly before 8: 30 a.m., arrived to find flames lapping the roof. They immediately called for a second alarm.

Fire investigators said the blaze began on the first floor, where it caused extensive damage, and spread to the second floor and through the roof.

The smoke detectors did not sound because family members had failed to install batteries, the Fire Department said.

The cause was undetermined, the spokesman said, adding that damage to the house and its contents was estimated at $270,000.

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