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Monday, October 15, 2012

Civilian Fire Fatality from Sunday Home Fire in Upper Marlboro

Media Contact: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930

It is with profound sadness that the Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department makes notification that the female occupant pulled from her burning Upper Marlboro home on Sunday morning has died. 

As was reported yesterday, at around 3:00 am, Sunday, October 14, firefighters from the Largo/Upper Marlboro area responded to the 12800 block of Peachleaf Court in Upper Marlboro, a 2-story single family home, to investigate an activated smoke alarm. 

An alarm monitoring company received a signal indicating an activated smoke alarm in the house.  The alarm company notified Public Safety Communications and an engine from the Kettering/Largo Fire/EMS Station #846 was dispatched to investigate the alarm.  Firefighters arrived to find a working fire in the basement and immediately requested additional fire/EMS units. 

Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire and located an unconscious adult female during the primary search of the house. The female occupant, pulseless and not breathing, was removed by firefighters, treated on the scene by paramedics and transported to a hospital.  The female was suffering from 2nd and 3rd degree burns covering about 1/3 of her body as well as smoke inhalation injuries. 

Paramedics were successful in reestablishing a pulse on the victim prior to arrival at the hospital.

Despite the very best efforts of firefighters, paramedics and hospital staff the female succumbed to injuries late Sunday evening at the Prince Georges Hospital Center in Cheverly.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, however, Fire Investigators believe the cause of the fire is “accidental.”  Fire loss is estimated at $30,000.  No other injuries were reported.

The identity of the deceased and updated information about the cause and origin of the fire will be released later today after an autopsy by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore.

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