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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Firefighters Battle Four Fires Within 12 Hours

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

Prince George’s County Firefighters battled four unrelated structure fires within a 12-hour period.  These fires, 3 single family homes and 1 apartment, resulted in an estimated  $135,000 in fire loss and displaced 13 adults and 3 children from their homes.  The County Citizen Services Unit and American Red Cross provided assistance to the displaced residents.  Fortunately, no civilian or firefighter injuries were reported.

The first incident occurred just before 8:00 pm on Tuesday, September 27, at a 2-story single family home in the 9300 block of Sherwood Drive in Forestville.  The fire was quickly contained with damage being limited to the attic.  It appears the cause is electrical in nature with loss estimated at $8,000.  Three adults and two children were displaced.

Just after 9:30 pm firefighters from Bladensburg and other nearby Fire/EMS Stations responded to a house fire in the 4900 block of Quincy Street.  Fire/EMS units arrived and encountered a 2-story single family home with fire showing from the first floor.  The fire was knocked down within 10 minutes.  An unattended candle ignited the fire that caused an estimated $40,000 in loss and displaced the two adult occupants.

Just after 11:00 pm firefighters arrived at an apartment building in the 6800 block of Red Top Road in Chillum and fought a fire in a basement apartment.  The fire was knocked down in about 5 minutes.  The cause of this fire is believed to be electrical and resulted in an estimated $35,000 in loss.  Seven occupants were displaced.

On Wednesday, September 28, firefighters from the Upper Marlboro area were alerted to a fire in a house in the 11800 block of Fairgreen Lane.  Fire/EMS units arrived and located a working fire in the basement.  The blaze was extinguished within 15 minutes.  The cause is under investigation.  Fire loss to the structure and contents is estimated at $35,000.  One adult and one child were displaced.

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