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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

2-Alarm Townhouse Fire in Capitol Heights

Media Contact: Mark E. Brady, 240-508-7930

Just before 8:00 pm, Tuesday, December 14, 2010, firefighters responded to a report of a townhouse fire in the 500 block of Garrett A. Morgan Boulevard in Capitol Heights; just 2 blocks from FEDEX Field.

Fire/EMS units arrived to find fire consuming the rear exterior wall of a middle-of-the-row, 3-story, townhouse with fire extending into the attic and eventually through the roof. The fire then extended to townhouses on both sides as a Second Alarm was sounded bringing additional fire/EMS and support units to the scene.

The fire traveled the exterior wall of the structure bypassing the residential sprinkler system and smoke alarms which all the townhouses are equipped with.

The cause of the fire is under investigation and damage estimates are still being tabulated. The fire appears to have started in the area of the garage located on the rear side-ground level. Despite extremely hazardous working conditions with cold weather and ice; no injuries were reported.

As many as 6 families from the entire row of townhouses could be displaced. Fire Investigators and the Citizens Services Unit will work with those effected and provide temporary shelter.
Mark E. Brady

MEDIA ADVISORY - Annual Food Basket Program

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930, mebrady@co.pg.md.us

For the 26th consecutive year, the combined public safety agencies of Prince George’s County will gather to fill food baskets to be delivered to needy families. Personnel from the Fire/EMS Department, Police Department, Department of Corrections, Public Safety Communications, Office of Homeland Security and Office of the Sheriff will gather to fill and deliver 3,000 food baskets. Agency heads will lead by example as they start the process of filling the baskets.

WHAT: The Prince George's County Public Safety Assistance Program's 26th Annual Food Basket Breakfast and PR/Media event.

WHEN: Monday, December 20, 2010

• The day will start with a "Hearty Fireman's Breakfast" at 7:30 AM. This is the BEST BREAKFAST in town!!

• At 9:00 am; the PR/Media Event, with County Officials and the Directors of the County Public Safety Agencies attending, will be held.

• At 10:00 am; County, Public Safety officials will escort Santa Claus to Emerson House to visit with the senior residents.

• At 11:00 am Public Safety personnel will then take Santa to visit Riverdale Elementary School.

WHERE: Bunker Hill Fire/EMS Station #855. The Station is located at 3716 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood, Maryland 20722.

WHO: County Officials, Directors of the County Public Safety Agencies, and a host of citizens and residents receiving food baskets.

We hope that all of you will come out and enjoy the day. We look forward to seeing everyone at the Bunker Hill Fire/EMS Station. Plenty of great photo ops.