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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Five Home Fires Over Weekend

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


Firefighters throughout Prince George’s County fought five unrelated house fires during Saturday and on Sunday Morning that caused an estimated $435,000 in estimated fire loss, displaced four families and sent one man to the burn unit.

The first incident occurred on Saturday, May 7, 2011, just before 10:00 am when firefighters from the Clinton area were alerted to a house fire in the 7400 block of Pembroke Drive.  Firefighters arrived to find a fire in the basement of this single family home.  The fire was quickly contained and extinguished.  The cause of the fire was determined by investigators to be accidental and attributed to an unattended candle.  Fire loss is estimated at $40,000.  The family will be displaced for a short period of time and are making their own temporary arrangements.

The second fire of the day occurred in the Suitland area at about 12:45 pm.  Firefighters arrived to find heavy fire conditions on the first floor of a 1-story single family home in the 1900 block of Clark Place.  The bulk of the fire was extinguished in about 15 minutes.  Fire Investigators have determined this fire to be accidental and an overload electrical extension cord is being blamed.  There were no injuries.  Fire loss is estimated at $120,000. The family is displaced and is being assisted the Fire/EMS Departments Citizen Services Unit (CSU) with temporary living arrangements.

Saturday’s third fire incident occurred just before 6:00 pm at a 2-story single family home in the 5600 block of Galloway Drive in Oxon Hill.  Firefighters arrived and encountered a working fire on the lower level of the home and worked quickly to extinguish the fire.  The cause of this blaze remains under investigation.  Fire loss is estimated at $125,000.  CSU and family members assisted the displaced occupants.  There were no reported injuries.

This incident had the least amount of fire loss, however, is the only incident that involved a civilian injury.  Just after midnight, on Sunday, May 8, 2011, firefighters and paramedics responded to a fire in the kitchen of a house in the 4500 block of Reamy Drive in Morningside.  A small fire on the stove was quickly contained by firefighters while paramedics tended to an adult male with burns to a hand.  The occupant was transported to an area Burn Unit for further evaluation and treatment.  The cause of the fire was accidental and caused by cooking.  Fires caused by cooking are the leading cause of fires and fire related injuries in Prince George’s County.

Just minutes after the Morningside fire, an assignment was dispatched in the Beltsville/Calverton area for a reported house fire.  At about 12:15 am, firefighters arrived in the 3000 block of Ellicott Road to find a 1-story, with basement, single family home with heavy fire showing from the basement and first floor of the structure.  Firefighters were battling the intense fire conditions from the safety of the exterior of the structure when the first floor collapsed into the basement.  There were no injuries reported at the scene of this fire and the two occupants were assisted by family members with alternative housing.  The cause of this fire remains under investigation and fire loss is estimated at $150,000,

A home in Beltsville/Calverton sustained significant fire damage.  No injuries were reported.
(photo courtesy of Beltsville VFD) 
A home in Beltsville/Calverton sustained significant fire damage.  No injuries were reported.
(photo courtesy of Beltsville VFD)

A home in Beltsville/Calverton sustained significant fire damage.  No injuries were reported.
(photo courtesy of Beltsville VFD)

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