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Monday, August 13, 2012

Cheverly Fire Remains Under Investigation

Media Contact: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930

Prince George’s County Fire Investigators continue to investigate a fire in a Cheverly apartment that involves a fatality.  Firefighters responded to a 911 report of a smoke alarm sounding with smoke coming from a 1st floor apartment at 6321 Landover Road just before 4:00 pm today.

Firefighters located and extinguished a relatively small fire in the apartment and found an unconscious female.  She was transported by paramedics to a nearby Trauma Center where she was pronounced deceased a short time after her arrival.

The fire has caused displacement to 3 other apartments.  The County Citizen Services Unit and the American Red Cross are assisting seven adults and four children with temporary shelter.  Fire loss is estimated at about $5,000 to $10,000.

The cause of the fire remains open and under investigation.  The Prince George’s County Police Homicide Unit will be assisting in the investigation until a cause of the fire has been determined.  Identity of the deceased is pending an autopsy by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Cheverly Apartment Fire with Critical Injuries to Civilian

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

A Cheverly resident was found inside her burning apartment this afternoon and transported to the hospital in critical condition.

Just before 4:00 pm Fire/EMS units were dispatched to 6321 Landover Road, a 3-story garden style apartment building in the Cheverly Station Apartment Complex. Initial 911 callers reported a smoke alarm sounding and smoke coming from her apartment.

First arriving firefighters located the fire in the apartment of origin and extinguished it. An adult female was located in the same apartment suffering from what appears to be critical burn injuries. She was unconscious, had no pulse and was not breathing.

The female was immediately transported to a nearby Trauma Center with CPR being administered.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Damage estimates are not yet available.

Displacement of other building residents is probable.

As additional information becomes available this news blog will be updated.

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Free Youth Baseball Clinic and Blue Crabs Baseball Game

The Prince George's County Chapter of Safe Kids 
in association with the Capital Area Orthopedic Associates, Safe Kids USA and DePuy Mitek J&J are offering a free injury clinic and ticket to a Southern Maryland Blue Crabs Baseball Game.

The event is this Saturday, August 18, an RSVP is required for this free offer.

Beltsville Contractor Donates Smoke Alarms and CO Detectors

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

An excellent example of a public-private partnership working together for the community was never more evident when a local contracting company stepped up and said, “We want to help.”  Representatives from the Minkoff Company, Inc., a general contractor and property restoration specialist in Beltsville, MD, were guests at a recent Fire Chief's Advisory Council Forum held in Beltsville.  Minkoff officials offered to provide smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors (co) detectors.

The Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department has a “Safety First – Everyone Goes Home” program whereas County residents can call and have a firefighter come to their home and install one or both of these life saving devices, free of charge.  The Department is able to provide this free service through donations of the alarms and detectors from outside sources.  On Friday, August 10, as promised, a Minkoff Company truck offloaded 250 smoke alarms and 250 co detectors at the Departments Fire Services Building in Landover Hills.

“This donation will help us to save lives and protect properties,” said Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor, concluding, “Our Safety First program would not be possible without the generous donations from companies such as Minkoff.” 

The volunteer, career and civilian men and women of the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department join Fire Chief Bashoor in gratefully acknowledging this generous donation that will soon be put to work protecting lives and property.

Corporations making previous contributions of smoke alarms this past year include PEPCO, 1-800-BOARDUP, IAFF Local 1619 with co detectors donated by KIDDE and FIRST ALERT.

To have a smoke alarm and/or carbon monoxide detector installed in your home, free-of-charge- call our Safety First program at 301-864-SAFE (7233). 

For additional information on the Fire Chief's Community Advisory Council and Forums, please, contact Diana Fennel, Community Advisory Coordinator, at 301-512-1246.

Photos by Teresa A. Crisman, Community Outreach Coordinator.