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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Occupant Sustained Critical Burn Injuries

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

An adult male sustained critical burn injuries this morning at a house in Allentown.  A group home caregiver was alerted by an activated smoke alarm in the basement of the house in 2800 block of Cricklewood Drive.  The caretaker notified the fire department after finding the injured man.

Firefighter/Medics arrived and tended to an adult male, in his 60's, that had sustained critical life threatening burn injuries.  He was treated and transported to a Burn Unit in critical conditions.

The incident is currently under investigation by Fire Investigators from the Fire/EMS Department's Office of the Fire Marshal.

Largo Home Damaged and Occupant Displaced

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

A malfunctioning fireplace is to blame for a fire in a Largo home.  Firefighters responded around 3:00 pm today to a 1-story single family home in the 1200 block of Pickering Circle in Largo.  Upon arrival firefighters from Ritchie and surrounding communities found fire already extending through the roof.

It required about 20 minutes to contain and extinguish the fire which caused an estimated $150,000 in fire loss.  The occupant will be displaced and is being assisted the Fire/EMS Departments Citizen Services Unit and the American Red Cross.

The home sustained $150,000 in estimated fire loss. (Billy McNeel)

A malfunctioning fireplace is to blame for starting this fire.  (Billy McNeel)

Fire and Evacuation at Hyattsville Mall

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

Prince George’s County Firefighters were alerted to a fire in a Hyattsville mall this afternoon.  At about 4:30 pm, Firefighters from Hyattsville and surrounding communities battled a fire at the Mall at Prince George’s Plaza, 3500 East West Highway.  Firefighters arrived to find black smoke coming from the shipping/delivery tunnel that runs underneath the stores inside the mall.  An electrical transformer was found to be on fire and firefighters maintained a safe position inside the tunnel protecting exposures while PEPCO officials ensured the electrical power was turned off.  During this time an explosion occurred inside the transformer causing the fire to accelerate and generating a large amount of thick black smoke that brought visibility inside the tunnel to zero with the smoke now entering the mall.  An evacuation of the mall was ordered and security personnel conducted a very through and effective removal of all civilians.  An adult female suffered an unknown illness during the evacuation; she was treated and transported to an area hospital,

Firefighters were able to control and extinguish the transformer fire at about 6:00 pm.   Firefighters were using large fans to remove residual smoke and check for fire extension.

The cause of the fire is under investigation and estimated fire loss is still being tabulated.  The status of the Mall at Prince George’s Plaza will be up to management.






Fire and Evacuation at Hyattsville Mall

Prince George's County Firefighters are currently dealing with a fire at the Mall at Prince George's Plaza, 3500 East West Highway, in Hyattsville.  An electrical transformer is burning inside of  a shipping/receiving tunnel that runs underneath the mall.  Smoke from the burning transformer is coming out of the tunnel entrance/exit which is located on the rear side of the mall.

The mall is being evacuated of all civilians.

The fire will not be able to be controlled until electrical power is terminated to the transformer.  PEPCO has been requested and is en route.  No injuries have been reported.

Hazardous Weather Forecast For Prince George's County - UPDATE at 4:15 PM


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

4:15 PM UPDATE FROM NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE 

NWS has issued a special statement for our area: Severe thunderstorms with isolated tornadoes are likely to impact the Washington metropolitan area and southern Maryland between 4 pm and 6 pm today (Saturday,16 April) 

A line of gusty showers and severe thunderstorms over northern and Central Virginia will continue to slowly progress east through the Washington metropolitan and southern Maryland area between 4 and 6 pm. Isolated tornadoes are possible in some of the stronger Thunderstorms. Please be ready to take cover should warnings be Issued for your area. 

The National Weather Service is forecasting HAZARDOUS WEATHER for Prince 
George's County this afternoon.  There is a possibility of strong storms that 
will produce damaging winds, torrential rain, thunderstorms and flooding.
Citizens and residents are advised to take appropriate precautions to stay safe.Stay informed by monitoring local news broadcasts about approaching weather.  
Stay ready to take quick actions in the event of hazardous weather including 
remaining indoors and going to the lowest possible level or floor and if
possible in a room with no windows.  Have your emergency kit ready. 
Stay Informed, Stay Ready, Stay Safe.
Flood Safety Tips...

• Never try to walk, swim, or drive through swift-moving floodwater. If you must walk in a flooded area, walk where the water is not moving. Remember, 2 feet of water will float your vehicle and 6 inches of fast moving floodwater can knock you off your feet.

• If you come upon floodwaters, STOP, TURN AROUND AND GO ANOTHER WAY!!

• Do not attempt to drive through a flooded road.

• If your car stalls, leave it and seek higher ground, if you can do so safely.

• Stay informed about the storm and possible flooding by listening to your NOAA weather radio, commercial radio or television.
For updated Weather alerts go to:
http://www.weather.gov/alerts-beta/wwaatmget.php?x=MDC033
Current Weather Forecast from the National Weather Service
THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR THE MARYLAND PORTION OF THE
CHESAPEAKE BAY...TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER...AND ADJACENT COUNTIES IN
CENTRAL MARYLAND AND NORTHERN VIRGINIA AS WELL AS THE DISTRICT OF
COLUMBIA.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT

A COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT THROUGH EARLY THIS AFTERNOON
ALONG THE TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER NEAR ALEXANDRIA AND WASHINGTON DC. A
COASTAL FLOOD WATCH IS IN EFFECT THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT ALONG
THE TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER AND THE WESTERN SHORE OF THE MARYLAND
CHESAPEAKE BAY. PLEASE REFER TO THE LATEST HAZARD MESSAGE /CFWLWX/
FOR DETAILS.

A GALE WARNING IS IN EFFECT THROUGH TONIGHT FOR THE MARYLAND
CHESAPEAKE BAY AND TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER.

THUNDERSTORMS WILL DEVELOP ALONG A SURFACE TROUGH LATE THIS
AFTERNOON AND WILL MOVE THROUGH THE OUTLOOK AREA. SOME STORMS WILL
BE CAPABLE OF TORNADOES AND DAMAGING WIND GUSTS. HEAVY RAIN IN
THESE STORMS ALSO COULD LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING MAINLY ALONG AND
WEST OF THE INTERSTATE 95 CORRIDOR.

SPECIAL MARINE WARNINGS ARE LIKELY LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING
AS THUNDERSTORMS CROSS THE WATERS.