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Monday, August 22, 2011

Capitol Heights House Fire

For Immediate Release: August 22, 2011

Contact: Erroll W. George, Spokesperson, 240-832-5761

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Capitol Heights House Fire

Firefighters from Capital Heights  and surrounding stations were alerted to a house fire in the 1500 block of Nova Avenue this evening just after 8:00 pm.Fire/EMS units arrived within minutes and encountered smoke coming from the basement of the 2-story single family home. There were initial reports of occupants trapped inside of the home, however, the smoke alarms alerted the residents to the fire and all occupants were able to escape.

It required about 20 minutes to extinguish the bulk of the fire. There were 38 firefighter/medics, command officers and support personnel that operated on the scene of this incident.

The cause of the fire was determined to be an electrical malfunction and an estimated fire loss of $100,00.00. Two firefighters were transported to an area hospital with minor injuries.  No other civilian or firefighter injuries were reported.Extensive overhaul was required due to excessive debris and materials stacked in the home.

Unattended Package in Berwyn Heights

Contact: Erroll W. George, Spokesperson, 240-832-5761

Bomb Squad Personnel Investigate Unattended Package in Berwyn Heights

This morning shortly after 1130, Public Safety Communications (PSC) received a call for a Unattended package (suitcase) on the sidewalk at the entrance to the Westchester Park residential area in the 6200 block of Westchester Park.  Fire/EMS Bomb Squad personnel, along with County Police officers were dispatched to the scene.  Kenilworth Avenue was closed down for about 25 minutes in both directions while Bomb Squad Personnel evaluated the package and it was determined to be empty and non-hazardous.  There were no evacuations from the buildings or area and units returned to service without further incident.