WASHINGTON — A house fire in District Heights has been ruled as arson, according to fire officials.

Just before 8 p.m. Sunday, Prince George’s County firefighters responded to the report of a fire inside of a vacant 2-story single family home in the 6500 block of Walters Place. Firefighters arrived to find fire showing from the second floor with extension into the attic.

Forty firefighters and medics on the scene controlled the fire within 15 minutes of arrival. No injuries were reported.

Fire investigators from the County Office of the Fire Marshal conducted an investigation and determined the fire was incendiary and started in a second floor bedroom. Fire loss is estimated at $10,000.

Investigators heard many reports from members of the community that people were in and out of the house since it became vacant. Real estate websites list the property as “bank owned” and utilities had been shut off, including the water that supplies the residential sprinkler system.

Residential sprinklers are designed to extinguish a fire in its incipient stages and allow extra time for occupants to escape. The house also was not equipped with smoke alarms, as they all had been removed.

Fire investigators are asking that anyone with information about this fire and the person(s) responsible to contact them at 301-77-ARSON (301-772-7766) or email at 77ARSON@co.pg.md.us. Callers may remain anonymous.

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