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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Two Fires Usher in Thanksgiving Day

Media Contact: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930, mebrady@co.pg.md.us

Prince George’s County Firefighters battled a Laurel house fire and a Suitland fast food restaurant overnight.

Laurel house fire started accidentally while occupants were smoking a
turkey on the rear deck. (PGFD PHOTO)

The first fire broke out just before 11:00 pm, Wednesday, November 21, as occupants were smoking a turkey.  Fire Investigators believe the occupants were preparing the Thanksgiving turkey on a propane grill located on the rear deck of the house in the 500 block of Prince George Street in Laurel.  The fire initially started on the homes exterior and eventually spread into the 2-story single family home.  The home was declared unsafe and the occupants were displaced.  Fire loss is estimated at $100,000.  One firefighter suffered an illness on the scene and transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Firefighters battle a restaurant fire on Allentown Road in Suitland. (PGFD PHOTO)

The second fire occurred just after midnight on Thursday.  Firefighters were alerted to a building fire at 5001 Allentown Road in Suitland.  Fire/EMS units arrived to find a 1-story, stand alone, fast food restaurant with heavy fire showing.  At the height of the incident firefighters had to evacuate the interior due to the amount of fire involving the roof and fear of a collapse.  The bulk of the fire was knocked down from the exterior before firefighters re-entered and completed the extinguishment. Forty firefighters needed just over an hour to extinguish the fire.  The fire caused approximately $250,000 in fire loss.  No injuries were reported.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.

We hope the remainder of Thanksgiving Day is uneventful for firefighters and paramedics.  Remember, cooking fires far exceed any other cause of fires on Thanksgiving.  We wish everyone a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving and it is our sincerest hope that we don’t meet by accident.