Prince George's County Fire Investigators are looking into the cause of two overnight fires. Firefighters quickly handled these incidents occurring early morning, May 12, 2011.
The first incident occurred just before 1:00 am at Big Bens Market at 805 Larchmont Avenue in Capitol Heights. Firefighters arrived to find a two story commercial structure with fire and smoke showing from the second floor. Firefighters initiated an interior attack and quickly extinguished the fire. Investigators indicated the cause and origin are under investigation. The fire loss is estimated at approximately $35,000.00 total for the structure and contents.
No injuries were reported.
At about 1:30 am Firefighters were alerted to a house on fire at 6306 Gateway Boulevard in District Heights. Upon arrival firefighters discovered a 1 ½ story single family dwelling with fire showing from the 1st floor on the rear side of the structure. An interior attack as well as a search and rescue was initiated. The fire was quickly extinguished and searches confirmed the lone occupant had exited the burning structure safely prior to the Fire/EMS Departments arrival. The Fire/EMS Departments Citizens Services Unit was on the scene and provided assistance to the displaced occupant. Fire Investigations classified this fire was also under investigation. The fire loss is estimated at approximately $75,000 total for the structure and contents. No injuries reported.
As indicated, both of these fires are under investigation. Officials are conducting a full investigation into each of these incidents. At this point nothing has been ruled out as a cause and each case will be reviewed for similarities.
Mark E. Brady
Friday, May 13, 2011
MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
The Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department is proud to assist in a relief effort "All in for Alabama." Citizens and residents can drop off items that will be provided directly to relief support agencies in Alabama. Citizens and residents can simply go the their local fire/EMS station in Prince George's County and we will gladly accept your donation. This effort will last through May 24, 2011.
Parts of our Nation have suffered unprecedented destruction from a series of natural disasters. Numerous relief efforts are underway and the combined resources of our career and volunteer Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department has been asked to assist. "All in for Alabama" has requested that our stations serve as collection points for our citizens that want to donate items. Prince George's County Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor, along with Andrew Pantelis, President of the IAFF Local 1619, and Bill Smith, President of the Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association, wholeheartedly support this effort and we have agreed to open our doors to accept these items.
Starting Thursday, May 12, 2011, our community based Fire/EMS Stations and the Union House in Bowie will be open to accept donations on behalf of the "All in for Alabama" relief effort.
Donations will be accepted through May 24, 2011. The coordinating relief effort will come to each station starting on this date and will deliver the donations later that week. The supplies and donations will go directly to shelters across Alabama that are serving those affected. Please help us support our efforts for so many in need, as Alabama has experienced the most devastating tornadoes in their history.
Any questions should be directed to relief effort coordinator, Lucy Stefanelli, at 240-253- 3576 or by email at Lucy.firstname.lastname@example.org with Alabama in the subject line.
A message from "All in for Alabama"
Goal: We are challenging everyone to donate needed items for the relief efforts in Alabama! The supplies and donations will go directly to shelters across Alabama that are serving the victims! Please help us in supporting so many in need, as Alabamians have experienced the most devastating tornado's in Alabama history.
Items in Need
Packs of Underwear & Socks
Baby Clothes & Formula
Baby Diapers & Wipes
Re-usable Grocery Bags
Paper/ Plastic Plates & Utensils
*Donations can be dropped off at any Fire/EMS station in Prince George's County and the Firefighter Union House in Bowie. If you can’t make it to one of those locations please contact Lucy Stefanelli to make other arrangements*
Lucy Stefanelli 240-253-3576 or Lucy.A.Stefanelli@gmail.com
Supporters: Cullins Trucking Inc., Trinity Lutheran Church, Dyson Lumber, Bay District Fire Department, Imperial Pixel, Prince George’s County Fire Department