- The Washington Times - Friday, December 18, 2015

Two Prince George’s County volunteer firefighters have been charged with assault and obstruction following an altercation in which they allegedly forced two other responders out of a burning house.

Christopher Kelly and Jeff Miller of the West Lanham Hills Volunteer Fire Department are accused of physically accosting two women firefighters during a Dec. 8 blaze at a residence in Lanham, Maryland, charging documents state.

The woman allege they were among the first on the scene and had already been running a hose through the house when the volunteer crew arrived, a local NBC affiliate reported.

One of the women told investigators Mr. Kelly spread his arms to keep them from entering, shoved them off the porch and hit them with his fists as the altercation quickly escalated.

All four firefighters involved in the melee have been placed on desk duty while an investigation is underway, NBC reported. Sources familiar with the matter told a local CBS station that neither Mr. Kelly nor Mr. Miller have been arrested, but have been sent summonses and are slated to appear before a judge next month.

“To have a situation where firefighters are arguing or fighting or tussling over a fire scene is just absolutely unacceptable,” Prince George’s County Fire Chief Marc Bashoor told the NBC affiliate.

The incident did not keep emergency responders from extinguishing the blaze, a department spokesperson told the station.

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