A Beltsville house fire on New Year’s Day left one dead and several injured

A New Year’s Day fire ravaged a home in Beltsville, leaving one person dead, three injured, several displaced and an estimated over $300,000 in damage, according to a Saturday Facebook post from the Prince George’s County Fire Department. 

The Prince George’s County and Montgomery County fire departments responded to the 11300 block of Montgomery Road around noon on Jan. 1 to discover a “well-advanced” fire in a single story home, the Facebook post read. The responding units began putting out the fire from inside the house while simultaneously searching the home, the post read.

Outside of the house, crews located an 18-year-old female with life-threatening injuries, an 8-year-old female with serious but not life-threatening injuries and a 38-year-old male with serious but not life-threatening injuries, according to the post. All three were transported to area hospitals, the post read.

The department’s post read that firefighters discovered the body of 42-year-old Mirna Reinoza inside the home. According to the post, a preliminary investigation indicates Reinoza exited the home during the fire, then reentered; moments later, the 8-year-old female exited the home, but Reinoza did not. 

One Prince George’s County firefighter was injured outside the house but did not require transportation to a hospital, according to the post.

Investigation revealed the home had a working smoke alarm that alerted the additional home occupants who resided upstairs to safely evacuate the home, the post read. The Prince George’s County Office of Emergency Management and the American Red Cross National Capital & Greater Chesapeake Region assisted 10 displaced residents, the post read.

The cause of the fire is undetermined and estimated fire damage stands at $345,000, the post read.

The fire is still being investigated by the Prince George’s County Office of the Fire Marshal and Prince George’s County Police Department Homicide Unit, while detectives do not suspect foul play at this time, according to the post. 

This story has been updated.

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