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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

2-Alarm Landover Apartment Fire - Firefighter Injured in Fall

Prince George's County Firefighters battled their second 2-alarm apartment fire in the last 8 hours this evening.  Just after 7:00 pm, firefighters from the greater Landover area responded to a report of a fire in an apartment on the second floor of 6315 Landover Road.  Firefighters arrived quickly and encountered a 3-story garden style apartment building with a working fire on the second floor.  The fire appears to have started in a second floor apartment kitchen and extended through the walls to the top floor and roof area.  Firefighters initiated an interior attack on the fire and searched for any trapped occupants.  A "second alarm" was sounded bringing additional firefighters, paramedics and resources to the scene.  The fire had extended to the cockloft/roof area before being extinguished, however, firefighters were successful in stopping any extension into the attached apartment building.

Firefighters had the bulk of the fire knocked down within 30 minutes and all searches proved negative.  There were no civilian injuries reported, however, a firefighter sustained injuries in a 12-15 foot fall from a ground ladder.  He was evaluated by paramedics and transported to a nearby hospital.  He is in good condition and his injuries are considered non-serious.

Fifteen apartment units in the building are uninhabitable and the occupants will be displaced.  The Fire/EMS Departments Citizen Services Unit and the American Red Cross will be assisting 22 adults and 5 children with shelter and other provisions.

The cause of the fire is under investigation and fire loss estimates are still being tabulated.

This fire was dispatched just minutes after a Memorial Service for the Deputy Chief of the Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department commenced.  Jimmy Hook passed away suddenly last week during a medical procedure.  A Fire/EMS Department Memorial Service started at 7:00 pm at the nearby Bunker Hill Fire/EMS Station on Rhode Island Avenue

The days first apartment fire occurred at 12:45 pm at 6850 Walker Mill Road.

Heavy fire and smoke can be seen coming from the roof area as firefighters work to extinguish the fire.  (photo by PGFD Captain Roland Berg)

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