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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Firefighter Injured Battling Two-Alarm Townhouse Fire

A firefighter has been admitted to a Burn Unit after falling through a floor while battling a townhouse fire. At about 3:30 am, Saturday, January 15, 2011, firefighters were alerted by a 911 caller of a townhouse fire in the 9000 block of Continental Place in Landover. Firefighters arrived to find a 2-story, middle of the row, townhouse with heavy fire on the 1st and 2nd floors. A Second Alarm was sounded bringing additional firefighters and resources to help battle the fire.

During the fire fight a volunteer firefighter from Kentland Fire/EMS Station #833 fell from the first floor into the basement through a hole in the floor. The firefighter self-rescued himself and was soon evaluated by paramedics on the scene and transported to the Burn Unit at Washington Hospital Center. The 30 year old male has been admitted with what has been described as a “significant” 2nd degree burn to his back. Overall he is in good condition, however, will remain at the Burn Unit for additional treatment.

It appears that the townhouse of origin and the two on either side were not occupied and under remodel. It required about an hour for fifty firefighters to knock down the fire. There were no other civilian or firefighter injuries. Fire Investigators and Safety Officers are conducting a thorough review of this incident. The cause of the fire is “under investigation.” Fire loss is estimated at $100,000.

This was not the only incident that Prince George’s County Firefighters had to tend to throughout the course of last night and early this morning.

Just after 7:30 pm, Friday, January 14, 2011, firefighters from the Beltsville area extinguished a fire in a townhouse in the 12000 block of Beltsville Drive. A kitchen fire was quickly contained and extinguished. Unattended cooking was to blame with an estimated fire loss of $2,000.

Later the same evening, around 11:00 pm, firefighters from the District Heights area were called to a reported townhouse fire in the 7200 block of Marbury Court. Unattended cooking was determined to be the cause of the fire which caused an estimated $30,000 in estimated fire loss. No injury, however, the family was displaced.

At about 2:45 am a fire in a vacant structure in the 16300 block of Livingston Road in Accokeek prompted a response by firefighters. Fire/EMS units arrived to find fire showing from a garage attached to a vacant home. The fire was extinguished without incident. The fire caused an estimated $30,000 in fire loss and the cause is “under investigation.”