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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Car Crash Forces Evacuation of Two Apartment Buildings

Just after 1:00 AM, Thursday, November 19, 2009, Firefighter/Medics from the Largo/Kettering area were alerted to an incident that involved a vehicle striking an apartment building. Firefighters arrived to find a Jeep Cherokee had, for whatever reason, left the roadway and struck a utility closet attached to an apartment building at 69 Harry S. Truman Drive. The natural gas main was damaged during the collision and allowed release of the product into two buildings. Unable to secure the flow of natural gas at the damaged meter, firefighters evacuated apartment buildings at 69 and 71 Harry S. Truman Drive. Washington Gas Company officials arrived on the scene and secured the flow of natural gas at about 2:15 AM. The majority of occupants were allowed to return into their buildings after firefighters ventilated and ensured the buildings were safe.

A total of seven occupants, 4 adults and 3 children, will be temporarily displaced and were assisted by the American Red Cross. There were no injuries during the course of this incident. The Prince George’s County Police Department was on-site conducting an investigation.

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