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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Thin Ice Injury Prompts Warning

Firefighters and Paramedics from the Largo area responded to a 911 report of a teenaged male and his dog that had fallen through the ice. Just before 4:00 PM, Saturday, January 16, 2010, Fire/EMS units responded to a pond located in the rear of townhouses located in the 10100 block of Greenspire Way in Largo. Witnesses reported that a dog had ventured onto the ice covered pond chasing birds. The ice broke and the dog fell into the water. The dog’s owner, a 13 year-old-male, went to the aid of his dog and fell through the ice and into the freezing water. Both the male and dog treaded water for a period of time and were able to self-rescue prior to the Fire/EMS Department arrival. Paramedics treated the male for hypothermia and transported him to a local hospital for additional treatment.

The first two weeks of January 2010 have provided a period of freezing temperatures and many local ponds and other bodies of water have become ice covered. While the scene may be enticing, the ice on many of these waterways is not thick enough to support a person’s weight. Additionally, above freezing temperatures the past few days have thawed the ice cover further increasing the danger. The Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department warns all citizens and residents that any body of water covered by ice should be considered extremely hazardous and should not be approached. For ice skating and other ice related activities the Fire/EMS Department recommends visiting one of your area ice skating facilities located throughout the County.

Hillcrest Heights Duplex Fire with Fatality

Firefighters responded to 911 reports of a house fire this morning with a report of someone being trapped inside. Just before 5:30 AM, Saturday, January 16, 2010, firefighters and paramedics from the Silver Hill Fire/EMS Station and surrounding communities responded to 3617 Dunlap Street, Hillcrest Heights, a 2-story duplex, and encountered a working fire on the top floor. Public Safety Communications Dispatchers relayed information to responding firefighters about the 911 reports of a person being trapped. Firefighters arrived quickly and initiated an aggressive interior attack on the fire and searched for the victim. A bedroom fire and an unconscious person were quickly located on the second floor. An adult female found to be non-breathing and without a pulse was removed to the exterior where paramedics started advanced life support measures and transported to an area hospital. The fire had a small amount of extension from the second floor bedroom into the attic before being extinguished. Fire damage was contained to the one home with no extension to the attached exposure. There were 32 firefighter/medics on the scene that took about 10 minutes to extinguish the fire.

Two additional residents were able to escape from the house prior to the arrival of firefighters. A female, approximately 70 years-of-age, and an adult male, approximately 50 years-of- age, sustained minor smoke and burn injuries. The adult male also sustained lacerations to his arms when he attempted to make a rescue prior to the firefighter’s arrival. They were treated on the scene and transported to an area hospital in fair and stable condition.

The 30ish year-old-female victim removed by firefighters was small and frail in stature and at first was thought to be a young teenager. She was transported to Children’s Hospital with CPR being administered by paramedics. Despite the valiant efforts by paramedics and emergency room staff to save her, she succumbed to injuries a short time after arrival at the hospital. Identity of the deceased will be withheld pending notification of family.

Fire Investigators from the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department’s Office of the Fire Marshal are investigating the cause and origin of the fire. They will be assisted, as a matter of standard operating procedure, by the County Police Department until a cause of the fire has been determined. The cause remains under investigation and damage estimates are not yet available.