Montgomery County Fire Investigators are trying to determine the cause of a Germantown house fire that killed a 65-year-old man Thursday morning.
According to Pete Piringer, spokesperson for Montgomery County Fire Department, fire crews were called to the home in the 1300 block of Jamieson Place just after 7:30 a.m.
Fire units arrived on the scene and reported heavy fire conditions on the top floor of the two-story house and reported that a person was still inside the burning house.
Piringer said prior to fire units arriving on the scene, two Montgomery County police officers who were in the area at the time – one retired, the other a current child abuse detective – came across the fire. One of the officers attempted to rescue a man who was trapped on the top floor of the house, but due to heavy smoke and fire the officer was unable to reach the trapped man.
The second officer was able to rescue the man’s wife who was on the first floor of the house.
“It’s always in you, that instinct to want to save someone,” Detective Mario Mastrangelo said. “She didn’t want to leave the home, but I told her we had to get out of the house. There was so much smoke, you could feel the heat.”
The woman said she heard smoke detectors before she was carried out by Mastrangelo.
It took firefighters about 45 minutes to bring the fire under control. Once the fire was under control, firefighters located the 65-year-old in a top floor bedroom.
The fire burned away the majority of the home’s roof, leaving only the frame behind.
While the cause of the fire is under investigation, officials believe it may have started on the home’s second floor, possibly in a bedroom.