Investigators have cleared the scene of the house fire that tragically killed Naval District Washington Firefighter Brice Trossbach. While the on-site examination is complete, the investigation is ongoing and will continue as evidence is pieced together. The Office of the State Fire Marshal, supported by their federal partners in fire investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), along with personnel from Prince Georges and Anne Arundel counties, continue to examine the cause following the devastating two-alarm fire early Tuesday morning. Just after 4:00 a.m., Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department and surrounding departments, including Naval Air Station Patuxent River, were called to a house fire at 20521 Deer Wood Park Drive. Firefighters arrived and discovered heavy fire throughout the two-story, 2,500-square-foot home. As firefighters conducted an interior attack, the first floor collapsed into the home’s basement, trapping Trossbach. A “mayday” was issued, and fellow firefighters rescued Trossbach. Despite resuscitation efforts, Trossbach died as a result of his injuries. A team of Deputy State Fire Marshals and K9 teams from around the state, along with Certified Fire Investigators, electrical engineers with the ATF, and investigators with neighboring counties, were assisted by heavy machinery which moved several layers of fire debris […]
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