Authorities are investigating allegations that two volunteer firefighters assaulted two career firefighters, women from another station, while they battled a blaze in Lanham, Maryland, Tuesday night.
A Prince George’s County Fire lieutenant said she was thrown from the porch of the home. Another firefighter said she was shoved. They were running hoses into the home.
“There was a momentary delay, however we do not feel that impacted the amount of fire loss to that house,” said Mark Brady of Prince George's County Fire and EMS.
The incident may have been a turf battle over which station was in charge at the scene of the fire.
“This is a very serious incident, and we’re looking forward to the result of the investigation from the fire department,” said Andrew Pantelis, president of the Prince George's Professional Firefighters and Paramedics Association, which represents career firefighters but not volunteers.
Police were called to the scene.
"They took a report, however no charges were placed against anybody, and it was left up to the internal review of the fire and EMS department to see exactly what happened," Brady said.
The women plan to file charges, Panelis said.
"The union wants to see a thorough investigation, and if the allegations are proven to be accurate, we'd like to see disciplinary action against the individuals involved."
All four firefighters are on desk duty while the incident is investigated.
"Immediately on the scene of that incident, all four were removed from emergency operations and placed on limited public contact," Brady said.