Mark Perfetti/For the Recorder Firefighters from the town of Florida Volunteer Fire Department were joined by those from a number of surrounding communities early Monday morning as they battled a blaze that broke out a 611 Langley Rd.
By JAIME STUDD
Recorder News Staff
TOWN OF FLORIDA -- Flames tore through a Langley Road home early Monday morning, destroying the single-family residence and displacing its two occupants.
According to Florida Volunteer Fire Department Chief Steve Anderson, firefighters were called to 611 Langley Road at approximately 6:30 a.m. and the home was nearly fully engulfed upon their arrival.
"The whole garage was fully involved and already falling in," Anderson said.
Anderson said it took approximately three hours to bring the blaze under control, an effort that was complicated by Monday morning's severe cold and wind.
"It was hard with the conditions, with the wind and everything," Anderson said. "We had trucks freezing up, tankers freezing up. We couldn't open the valves and dump water and that."
"It didn't matter," he added. "It was so fully involved when we got there anyway. There was nothing to save."
Anderson said he believed the homes occupants to be a father and a son and that one of the individuals reported minor injuries as a result of the blaze.
"The son or father had a couple minor injuries, but nothing serious," Anderson said.
The two men are currently staying with family members, Anderson said.
Montgomery County Fire Investigators were called to the scene, Anderson said. Despite a thorough investigation, however, they were unable to determine the cause of the fire due to the extent of the damage.
The Florida Fire Department was assisted at the scene by units from several surrounding communities, including Hagaman, Glen, Pattersonville, Fort Hunter, Burtonsville and Mariaville. Additional units in Cranesville, MInaville and Pattersonville were put on standby.