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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Temple Hills House Fire Suspicious with Death Investigation

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

Firefighters responding to a Temple Hills house fire this evening were cautioned by dispatchers that they were also receiving reports of "shots fired" and a possible domestic.  As firefighters approached the reported scene location in the 5300 block of Lorraine Drive in Temple Hills a large column of smoke could be seen, however, firefighters had to stand-by a block away until County Police advised the scene was clear.

After just a few minutes of standing-by, firefighters were provided an all-clear and arrived to find a 2-story single family home with fire showing.  The fire was spreading rapidly and possible multiple points of origin were being reported by interior firefighting crews.  Incident Commanders requested a "fire task force" bringing additional personnel and equipment to the scene.

While battling the fire a victim suffering from a gun shot wound was located.  The exact location or other information about the deceased is not being provided as this incident is an open and on-going criminal investigation.  The victim was pronounced deceased on the scene.  County Police will provide updated information about this incident when information is available.

It required about 30 minutes to bring the fire under control.  No other injuries were reported.  The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Fire/EMS Department Office of the Fire Marshal, however, the cause appears to be suspicious.  The County Police will conduct an investigation into the other matters involving this incident.