Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Upper Marlboro Fire with Death - Investigation Continues
MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
Prince Georges County Fire Investigators have wrapped up their on-scene investigation of a fire that occurred early this morning in Upper Marlboro.
Around 2:15 am, Wednesday, firefighters were alerted to a structure fire in the 15000 block of Buck Lane in Upper Marlboro. The structure, which appeared to be an abandoned house, was well involved with fire upon arrival. Exterior operations commenced until the fire was knocked down.
After about 45 minutes of battling the blaze the bulk of the fire was extinguished and firefighters entered the burned out shell for overhaul and to wet down small hot spots that were still smoldering. During this process a body was discovered. The body is un-identifiable. An autopsy will be required to determine the identity and cause of death.
County Police Homicide Detectives, as a matter of standard operating procedure whenever a fatality is involved, joined Fire Investigators in the investigation. The cause of the fire will remain undetermined until a cause of death can be confirmed by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. While the investigation remains open and on-going, Fire Investigators have not found anything suspicious, however, must await autopsy results before coming to a conclusion.
The on-scene investigation did yield evidence that the abandoned home was being used by homeless, squatters or vagrants.
The Investigation remains open and on-going.