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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Oxon Hill House Fire with Firefighter Injury

At approximately 7:00 pm, Saturday, January 01, 2011, fire & EMS units were dispatched for reports of sparks and smoke coming from a residence in the 1300 block of Dunwoody Avenue in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Upon their arrival, firefighters discovered heavy fire showing on the exterior of a 1-story, single-family dwelling that was extending into the residence.

The occupants were able to safely evacuate prior to the arrival of fire department personnel. Firefighters made an interior attack and was successful in containing the fire spread and preventing further damages. As the bulk of the exterior fire was being extinguished, firefighters encountered additional challenges requiring extended operations. It was discovered that the structure also had an exterior natural gas leak. Washington Gas was requested to the scene and was able to control the gas leak by digging a hole in the front yard and shutting off the gas.

Additionally, there were live power lines down on the side of the structure. During fire suppression activities, a firefighter accidentally made contact with the down power lines and was mildly shocked. The firefighter was listed in good condition and was transported to an area hospital for further evaluation and observation.

The occupants were assisted with temporary lodging by their families and friends. The cause of the fire is still under investigation and there were 9 fire & EMS units with 35 firefighters and paramedics supporting this operation.

Very respectfully,
Acting Major Paul Cruz
301 883 7154
Mark E. Brady

FATAL CRASH ON I-95 in BELTSVILLE

At approximately 08:30 am, Saturday, January 01, 2011, fire & EMS units were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident with injuries in the vicinity of northbound Interstate-95 & Powder Mill Road in Beltsville, Maryland.

Upon arrival, firefighters and paramedics discovered a single-vehicle accident that had left the roadway, struck a light pole, and split in half.

Fire department personnel worked quickly to extricate the trapped lone occupant and to provide advanced life support care. Unfortunately, the male occupant was pronounced deceased at the scene.

There were 4 fire & EMS units with 12 firefighters and paramedics who supported this incident. The incident is currently under investigation by the Maryland Department of State Police.

Very respectfully,
Acting Major Paul Cruz
301 883 7154

Mark E. Brady

Early Morning Critical Injuries at National Harbor

At approximately 2:30 am, Saturday, January 01, 2011, fire & EMS units were dispatched for an injured person at the 200 block of Waterfront Street of the National Harbor in Fort Washington Maryland for a report of an injured female.

Upon arrival, firefighters and paramedics discovered an adult female with injuries normally associated from a high fall.

Per eyewitnesses, the adult female fell/jumped from a mezzanine level of one of the buildings.

EMS personnel quickly provided advanced life support care and transported the female patient with extremely critical injuries to an area hospital in extremely critical, life-threatening injuries.

There were 4 fire & EMS units with 9 firefighters and paramedics who supported this incident. The incident is currently under investigation by the Prince George's Police Department.

Very respectfully,
Acting Major Paul Cruz
301 883 7154
Mark E. Brady

House Fire with Civilian Fatality

At approximately 0530 am, Saturday, January 01, 2011, fire & EMS units were dispatched to a structure fire in the 2700 block of Fairlawn Street in Temple Hills, Maryland.

Upon their arrival, they discovered a working fire in a 2-story, brick-style, single-family dwelling.

Firefighters made an aggressive interior attack and during their primary searches located and removed an adult male occupant. EMS personnel quickly provided advanced life support care and transported the patient to an area hospital in critical condition. The patient has since succumbed to their injuries.

Investigators are on the scene however, the cause of the fire is still under investigation. Fire loss is estimated at $100,000.

There were 12 fire & EMS units with 32 firefighters and paramedics supporting this operation.

Very respectfully,
Acting Major Paul Cruz
301 883 7154
Mark E. Brady