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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Landover Duplex Fire - Working Smoke Alarms Alert Residents

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

Firefighters battled a fire in a Landover duple this morning. At about 1:15 am, Saturday, February 18,  firefighters were alerted to a fire in the 7700 block of Normandy Road.  Firefighters arrived and reported heavy fire at the 2-story duplex structure.  It required about 20 minutes to extinguish the fire.  No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation.  Fire loss is estimated at $125,000.

It is significant to note that working smoke alarms in each residence emitted a warning and provided the residents an opportunity to escape safely without injury.  Both homes were occupied by 3 adults each and both homes are currently uninhabitable.  Both families were assisted by the County Citizen Services Unit and the American Red Cross with temporary housing and basic necessities.

Fire and heavy smoke can be seen from the 2-story duplex in Landover.  PGFD Photo.

Indian Head Highway Crash

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

Prince George’s County Firefighters and Paramedics as well as the County Police were alerted to a single vehicle motor vehicle crash at about 3:30 am, Saturday, in Accokeek.  Fire/EMS units from Accokeek and a heavy-duty rescue squad and paramedics from Fort Washington responded on this incident.  Public Safety officials arrived at the crash scene on southbound Indian Head Highway just south of Farmington Road and found a vehicle that had crashed into the guardrail.  No patient was found in the vehicle or in the immediate area.  Fearing that a vehicle occupant may have been ejected from the vehicle or walked away after the crash, a search of the surrounding area was conducted.  Firefighters, paramedics and police officers exercised due diligence in searching a broad area around the crash site.  Firefighters used thermal imaging cameras capable of visualizing people that may not be visible by the human eye.  The search yielded negative results. 

It was noted that the ignition keys were missing from the vehicle leading first responders to believe that the operator may have left the scene on their own volition.   The vehicle was towed and the scene was cleared after searching for over 30 minutes.

At around 8:30 am, an individual approached a citizen on Indian Head Highway in the general area of the earlier crash and asked for assistance and then fell unconscious.  The citizen notified 911 and firefighter/medics responded to the scene.  Paramedics assessed the patient as being a male in his 30’s with serious traumatic injuries.  He became somewhat conscious and it was determined that he was involved in the earlier 3:30 am crash.  It was not immediately known why he left the scene or where he went to despite being seriously injured.

The seriously injured patient was treated on the scene by paramedics and flown to a Trauma Center by Maryland State Police Trooper 2.  He was transported in “serious” condition.

The crash remains under investigation by the County Police.