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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Patuxent River Generates Two Water Rescue Calls

The ebb and flow of the Patuxent River had firefighters, medics and the Water Rescue Team busy on Tuesday, December 29, 2009.

At about 9:00 PM, Fire/EMS units were alerted to a boat, with occupants on-board, in distress on the Patuxent River. Firefighter/Medics from Baden and surrounding communities including personnel from the Water Rescue and Recovery Team arrived at 18299 Magruders Ferry Road and quickly located the boat. Initial reports from the boaters indicated they were stuck in the mud just South of Magruders Landing as a result of the changing tide. Fire/EMS units discovered an 18-foot boat with two male occupants, uninjured, not able to make it back to land due to the change in the tide. Rescue boats and personnel from Water Rescue Team were able to locate the boat and bring the occupants safely back to shore without incident.

Earlier in the evening, at about 7:40 PM, a similar assignment was dispatched for a motorist stranded in high water. Firefighter/Medics from the Bowie area and the Water Rescue Team responded to Governors Bridge Road at the Anne Arundel County/Prince George’s County border. The Patuxent River is known to overflow onto a low lying section of Governors Bridge Road during heavy rain and even days after periods of heavy rain. Firefighters arrived and found a 4-door Toyota Camry had stalled while trying to pass through the high water. The lone occupant of the vehicle, an adult male, was assisted from the vehicle to the safety of dry ground. The male was not injured and remained to assist the County Police in his vehicles removal. Governors Bridge Road was closed for a period of time until the water receded.

Bladensburg Restaurant Damaged in Early Morning Fire

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930

Prince George’s County Fire Investigators are still searching for the cause of a fire that destroyed a restaurant early this morning. At about 1:40 AM, Wednesday, December 30, 2009, Firefighters from the Bladensburg area were alerted to a report of a building on fire. Fire/EMS units arrived at the International House of Pancakes (IHOP) at 3601 Bladensburg Road and discovered fire showing from one side of the building with heavy fire consuming the roof area. A wall collapse forced firefighters to battle this blaze from the safety of the exterior of the structure. Master stream devices on-board the elevated tips of ladder trucks were utilized to deliver large amounts of water to knock down the fire. Fifty-two firefighters worked for about 1 hour before the bulk of the fire was knocked down and declared under control. The IHOP was closed for the day when firefighters arrived. There were no firefighter or civilian injuries reported. The cause of the fire remains under investigation and fire loss is estimated at $500,000.