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Friday, February 17, 2012

UPDATE - Hil Mar Drive Townhouse Fire

Media Contact: Mark Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240 508 7930

At 1:00 pm Firefighters and Paramedics returned to the 6100 block of Hil-Mar Drive to go door-to-door providing residents with fire safety information and checking smoke alarms.

The 2-year-old girl rescued by firefighters this morning remains in critical condition fighting for her life. 

The 9-year-old male was treated and released from the hospital.

Fire Chief Bashoor has recently heard that Prince George's County Police Officers assisted with the rescue of the toddler. One police officer assited in positioning a ladder at the bedroom window allowing a faster ascent by firefighters to rescue the girl. Other police officers assisted in the removal of a mobility challenged occupant of an adjacent town house during the height of the fire.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation with a fire loss estimated at $50,000.

Firefighters Rescue Toddler From District Heights Townhouse Fire

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

At about 1:45 am, Friday, February 17, Prince George’s County Firefighters and Paramedics were alerted to a townhouse fire with a child trapped.  Fire/EMS units arrived at the 2-story, end of the row, townhouse at 6135 Hil-Mar Drive in District Heights with heavy fire showing from the first floor with some fire extension and heavy smoke on the second floor.

A working smoke alarm alerted one of the residents to the fire who was able to alert some of the other occupants.  Three adults and one child had escaped the townhouse prior to the Fire Departments arrival; however, a 2-year-old was unable to be initially rescued by occupants and remained in a second floor bedroom.

As firefighters from District Heights stretched hose lines and initiated an attack on the fire, a crew of firefighters on-board the ladder truck from Silver Hill used ground ladders to gain access to a second floor bedroom, located the child and removed her back down the ladder.  The 2-year-old female was not breathing and had no pulse.  Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation was immediately started and paramedics transported the child to a nearby hospital in “Critical” condition.

A 9-year-old child was also transported to an area hospital for evaluation of smoke inhalation injuries.

The fire was extinguished within 15 minutes of arrival and appears to have started in the kitchen area; however, the official cause of the fire is under investigation.  Fire loss estimates are still being tabulated.

After arrival at the hospital paramedics advised that a pulse had been restored on the 2-year-old and arrangements were being made to transfer her to Children’s National Medical Center.  The toddler remains in “Critical” condition.

A firefighter sustained minor burn injuries and transported to the Burn Unit at Washington Hospital Center.  It is expected that the firefighter will be treated and released this morning.

The Prince George's County Citizens Services Unit is on location assisting the displaced family.