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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Golf Course Fire

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

At about 3:30 pm, Wednesday, July 25, firefighters were dispatched to the Henson Creek Golf Course located in the 1600 block of Tucker Road in Fort Washington. The golf course is operated by the Maryland National Capitol Park and Planning Commission.

Firefighters arrived to find a large garage designed to store golf carts well involved with fire.
It required about 45 minutes for firefighters to extinguish the fire which generated a large plume of black smoking rising high into the sky that could be seen for miles.

The cause of the fire is under investigations and fire loss is estimated at $150,000.  No injuries were reported.

County Fire Chief Marc Bashoor was on the scene and provided the attached images.

District Heights Apartment Fire - Rochelle Avenue

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

At about 7:45 pm a County Police Officer saw a column of smoke and tracked down the source to an apartment building on fire in District Heights. The Police Lieutenant immediately notified dispatchers and proceeded to enter the burning building.  He knocked on as many apartment doors as possible to alert residents of the need to evacuate.

Fortunately all residents were able to escape without injury.

Firefighters arrived at 1971 Rochelle Avenue, a 3-story apartment building, and encountered a well-advanced fire burning on all floors and in the attic. A Second Alarm was sounded and a precautionary Third Alarm was sounded a short time later.

About 75 firefighter/medics battled the fire for nearly an hour before declaring extinguishment.

All firefighters were rotated through a rehab area and no injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation and damage estimates are still being tabulated.

Twenty-one apartments, approximately 30 residents, will be displaced. The Office of Emergency Management and the Red Cross are assisting those displaced.  A temporary shelter has been opened at the Central High School for displaced residents.

UPDATE - Wednesday morning - Fire loss is estimated at $500,000.  The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Conditions on arrival by firefighters.  This is a view from the rear of the building.  Photo by Brian Padgett.

Photo by Brian Padgett

Apparent Drowning in Laurel Pond

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

Prince George’s County Firefighter/Medics from the Laurel area and the Technical Rescue Services Team worked to find a teenager that had gone missing in a Laurel pond on Tuesday evening.  Just before 8:45 pm Fire/EMS units were alerted to a possible drowning at a pond in a Laurel apartment complex.  Witnesses reported that a male had gone under the water and never resurfaced. 

The closest Fire/EMS Station to the incident in the 13000 block of Old Stagecoach Road is the Laurel Volunteer Rescue Squad, which is one of the Department’s Water Rescue Teams.  A rescue boat was deployed and water rescue team members were soon in the water searching for the teen.  The County Police helicopter flew above using their infrared equipment in hopes of pinpointing a location of the teen and they used their high-powered lights to help illuminate the scene.

The Water Rescue Team consists of personnel and equipment from numerous stations throughout Prince George’s County and a total of 30 personnel were on the scene within a short period of time.  Eleven team members, all wearing required safety equipment, entered the water and systematically walked the area where the teen was last seen.  The water ranged in depth from about 2 to 4 feet. 

After about a 80-minute search, at 10:20 pm, one of the rescuers came into contact with the teen at the bottom of the pond.  He was immediately removed from the water and given to awaiting paramedics on the shore.  A quick assessment revealed the patient to be not breathing and without a pulse.  Advanced pre-hospital care measures and CPR were initiated and the male was transported to a nearby hospital.  Despite the very best efforts of the firefighters, the water rescue team, paramedics and emergency room staff, the teenaged male was pronounced deceased at the hospital.

The Prince George’s County Police Department will be conducting a follow up investigation as they do with any death of this nature.

These images are from myfoxdc.com website.