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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Corrected Call Back Info

PGFD "A" Shift FF's are to report to normal duty station tonight at 2230 hours. Upon arrival contact your Batt Chief before riding apparatus.

The original notification stated that it was personnel that were scheduled to work tomorrow, which is incorrect, it is our "A" shift that is being asked to report tonight.

Sorry for any confusion.

Mark Brady
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Emergency Personnel Call to Duty -- Correction

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930

In anticipation of continued operations tonight and into tomorrow morning, not to mention giving today's firefighters an opportunity to recover from today's workload; Fire Chief Marc Bashoor is calling back personnel on "A" shift to report to work tonight.

PGFD "A" Shift Fire Fighter's are to report to their normal duty station tonight, Saturday, February 19, 2011, at 2230 hours. Upon arrival contact your Battalion Chief before riding apparatus.
FYI-the County network system is down and regular e-mail is not available.

Correctedat2115 hours on Saturday, 2-19-11

Piscataway Fires

A brush fire that appears to have started at a farm on Gallahan Road spread quickly driven by high winds. The fire damaged as many as 20 structures that include homes (some abandoned), sheds and barns. This incident escalated quickly to a third alarm with about 30 pieces of fire apparatus on location with about 120 firefighters working to extinguish the fires.

Damage to occupied homes are minor to moderate. No civilian or firefighter injuries have been reported.

Command post is set up at Piscataway Road and Windbrook Drive.

Firefighters from Arlington and Alexandria Virginia assisted on this incident.

Firefighters continue to operate on the scene and will remain here for an extended period of time.
Mark E. Brady

Laurel Event Cancelled

The Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department has been forced to require the cancellation of the charity ice hockey event at the Ice House on Old Gunpowder Road.

This event was a game between Washington Capitals Alumni and public safety officers.
We sincerely regret this action which was made with everyone's safety in mind.
Mark E. Brady

Laurel Building Fire

In the 2:00 hour firefighters were alerted to a building fire at the Laurel Mall. Firefighters arrived at the Burlington Coat Factory, 14700 Baltimore Avenue, with a fire that appears to have started in a dumpster outside the building. The high winds blew the fire into the loading docks and inside the building.

Firefighters have the majority of the fire knocked down and continue to check for extension.
Mark E. Brady

Emergency Call Back Due to Wind Driven Fires

Numerous wind driven brush fires throughout Prince George's County has resulted in the emergency call back to work of firefighters. The largest incident involves about 100 acres of 30 foot high piles of mulch. The brush fire has extended about 2 miles over to Interstate 95. This fire has been burning since 12 noon and is still considered out of control.

Fire Chief Bashoor has ordered the opening of the Emergency Operations Center to coordinate resources and to have an encompassing view of the county.
Mark E. Brady

College Park House Fire

A College Park house is a total loss after a wind driven blaze this morning.  Firefighters were alerted around 6:00 am, Saturday, February 19, 2011, to a house fire in the 8400 block of Potomac Avenue.

Upon arrival, firefighters encountered a 2-story wood frame single family home with heavy fire showing. The fire, being fanned by wind, was rapidly extending through the structure as well as 2 sheds in the back yard with extension to homes on each side.

A second alarm was sounded bringing additional firefighters and resources to the scene. It required about an hour to extinguish the bulk of the fire.

An underground natural gas line at the next door neighbors house was allowing a release of the product .  The natural gas was burning as it reached the surface level and was impinging on the structure.  Firefighters kept this fire in check until Washington Gas Company workers shut the gas off at about 8:30 am.  There was enough damage to this structure from the radiant heat and natural gas fire that the lone adult male occupant will be unable to stay there.  He will make his own arrangements for shelter.

Three University of Maryland students normally reside in the house of origin. Two were at home and escaped safely prior to firefighters arrival. The displaced students were assisted by the Departments Citizen Services Unit, however, will not require any temporary shelter.

Several animals, including an exotic bird and some dogs were removed from danger by firefighters.
There were no injuries. The house is a total loss with an $400,000 estimate for structure and contents damage.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Firefighters work to extinguish house fire in the 8400 block of Potomac Avenue. (photo by Jim Davis)

Firefighters work to extinguish house fire in the 8400 block of Potomac Avenue. (photo by Jim Davis)

Conditions on arrival by Billy Goldfeder