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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Lewisdale House Fire - 1 Fatality - 2 in Critical Condition

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


At about 3:45 am, Prince George’s County Firefighter/Medics were alerted to a house fire with people trapped in Lewisdale.  Preliminary information indicate that four family members were at home when the fire was reported, a male child along with his mother, grandmother and aunt.  Firefighters from the Chillum-Adelphi Fire/EMS Station #834 arrived quickly at the 1-story brick home in the 2400 block of Griffen Street and encountered heavy fire coming from the front of the house and thick smoke billowing from the roof.  Crews initiated an aggressive interior attack on the fire and search and rescue for the trapped occupants.  Three occupants were quickly located and removed from the structure by firefighters and turned over to paramedics.  The fire was knocked down in about 10 minutes.

The three occupants removed by firefighters, the male child and two adult females, were assessed by paramedics as being pulseless and not breathing.  Medics aggressively treated the patients and transported them to a nearby hospital with cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) being performed.  Despite the very best efforts of firefighters, paramedics and emergency room staff the young male, 6 years of age, succumbed to his injuries.  The two adult females, 30ish and 60ish, were successfully partially resuscitated and have been transferred to a hospital for hyperbaric treatment.  This treatment is used in cases of smoke inhalation and will provide the best possible chance of survival for the two females.  They remain in “critical” condition.  The other occupant, 60ish year old female, was able to escape prior to the arrival of the Fire/EMS Department.  She was not injured.

A firefighter sustained some minor burn injuries and is expected to be treated and released from a Burn Unit today.

Fire Investigators will remain on the scene throughout most of today while they continue to develop a cause and origin of the fire.  Preliminary fire loss estimates are $100,000.  The name of the deceased is being withheld for now.

Firefighter/Medics are scheduled to return to the Lewisdale Community today at 12 noon.  They will go door-to-door asking to check smoke alarms and discuss escape routes with occupants.  If a smoke alarm is found to be non-working or absent, a smoke alarm will be provided and installed, at no charge. 

Prince George’s County citizens and residents can contact our Safety First Smoke Alarm line at 301-864-SAFE (7233) and have a working smoke alarm installed in their home as well, at no charge.


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Firefighters from the Chillum-Adelphi Fire/EMS Station #834 arrived quickly at the 1-story brick home in the 2400 block of Griffen Street and encountered heavy fire coming from the front of the house and thick smoke billowing from the roof. (M.E. Brady)

Fire Investigators will remain on the scene throughout most of today while they continue to develop a cause and origin of the fire. (M.E. Brady)

Fire Investigators will remain on the scene throughout most of today while they continue to develop a cause and origin of the fire. (M.E. Brady)


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