LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — An alert Pepco crew has rescued a three-year-old child from a burning home in Upper Marlboro.

Fire officials say the crew noticed a fire and large amount of smoke coming from the kitchen of a home near their work site in the 2600 block of Ritchie-Marlboro Road in Upper Marlboro around 9 a.m. Wednesday.

After notifying their dispatch about the blaze, the crew ran into the home, yelling to see if anyone was inside. After receiving no response, crew members put out the fire with an extinguisher that was in their truck.

Shortly thereafter, the child’s mother ran inside and retrieved the toddler who was sleeping through the ordeal.

The woman was walking her older children to a school bus stop at the time of the fire began, authorities say.

Firefighters believe the fire started in a trash can and had spread into the cabinets and propane stove area before the utility crew was able to extinguish it.


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