MEDIA CONTACT" Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
Prince Georges County Firefighters have fought three fires Sunday morning with two possibly caused by heating appliances.
The first fire occurred just before 1:00 am in the 5200 block of Palco Place in College Park. Firefighters were initially dispatched into the area to investigate “smoke in the area” of the community, including, smoke crossing over the Capital Beltway located adjacent to the Sunnyside community. An engine from the Branchville Fire/EMS Station 811 searched the area and found smokey conditions with a distinct odor of Class A combustibles. After searching the area, firefighters located a 2-story single family home with fire showing from the basement. The fire extended rapidly through the upper floors and eventually burned through the roof. There were no injuries. The cause is still under investigation, however, it appears that the initial use of the homes furnace may have led to the cause of the fire. Fire loss is estimated at $50,000.
The second fire also involved a single family home and a basement fire. At around 3:00 am firefighters from the Largo/Upper Marlboro area responded to the 12800 block of Peachleaf Court in Upper Marlboro, a 2-story single family home.
An alarm company received a signal indicating an activated smoke alarm in the house. The alarm company notified Public Safety Communications and an engine from the Kettering/Largo Fire/EMS Station #846 was dispatched to investigate the alarm. Fire/EMS units arrived to find a working fire in the basement and immediately requested additional units.
Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire and located an unconscious adult female during the primary search of the house. The female occupant was removed by firefighters, treated on the scene by paramedics and transported to a hospital, she was found not breathing and no pulse, suffering from burns and smoke inhalation injuries. She is currently listed in very critical condition.
The cause of the fire is still being investigated, However, Fire Investigators believe the cause of the fire is “accidental.” Fire loss is estimated at $30,000. No other injuries were reported.
Firefighters fought an apartment fire this morning in Brentwood. At around 8:30 am firefighters responded to the 3500 block of Windom Road. Upon arrival they encountered a 3-story apartment building with fire showing from the 2nd and 3rd floors, the fire was extinguished within 15 minutes. Several citizens saw the fire and entered the apartment building, activated the building alarm bells and started to bang on apartment doors to alert the residents. Nearly a dozen residents were made aware of the fire in the building and escape safely by the actions of these Good Samaritan citizens. No injuries were reported. Fire Investigators believe the fire was caused by a space heater in a second floor unit that ignited nearby combustibles. Fire loss estimates and the number of residents displaced are not yet available.
Colder temperatures typically equates to firefighters having to battle a higher number of fires. Citizens, visitors and businesses should have heating equipment serviced by a certified HVAC technician prior to the colder weather. Have chimneys and fireplaces cleaned and serviced and give space heaters space - at least 3 feet away from combustibles.