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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Upper Marlboro Fire with Death - Investigation Continues


                    MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
Prince Georges County Fire Investigators have wrapped up their on-scene investigation of a fire that occurred early this morning in Upper Marlboro.

Around 2:15 am, Wednesday, firefighters were alerted to a structure fire in the 15000 block of Buck Lane in Upper Marlboro. The structure, which appeared to be an abandoned house, was well involved with fire upon arrival. Exterior operations commenced until the fire was knocked down.

After about 45 minutes of battling the blaze the bulk of the fire was extinguished and firefighters entered the burned out shell for overhaul and to wet down small hot spots that were still smoldering. During this process a body was discovered. The body is un-identifiable. An autopsy will be required to determine the identity and cause of death.

County Police Homicide Detectives, as a matter of standard operating procedure whenever a fatality is involved, joined Fire Investigators in the investigation. The cause of the fire will remain undetermined until a cause of death can be confirmed by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. While the investigation remains open and on-going, Fire Investigators have not found anything suspicious, however, must await autopsy results before coming to a conclusion.

The on-scene investigation did yield evidence that the abandoned home was being used by homeless, squatters or vagrants.

The Investigation remains open and on-going.

Alarms to be Installed in Community Plagued by CO Incidents

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

Carbon Monoxide is referred to by first responders as the “silent killer.” If your home is not protected by a working carbon monoxide (CO) detector then it is impossible to detect if your house is filling up with the potentially deadly gas. CO is invisible and has no odor and the only way a home occupant can determine if there are unhealthy levels in their home is to have a working CO detector.


The Southlawn community in Oxon Hill has been one of the hardest affected areas by CO. Five occupants of a home were overcome by CO and died earlier this year. Another home recently had unhealthy levels of CO that required hospitalization for the occupants. As temperatures continue to fall and winter fast approaching, staying warm becomes a priority. Unfortunately, staying warm, if not done safely, could be a fire and health concern.

Prince George’s County Council Member Obie Patterson - District 8 is stepping up efforts to ensure homes and families are protected from the perils of fire and carbon monoxide. His office has obtained smoke alarms and CO detectors that will be installed in homes throughout District 8. Council Member Patterson will work with Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor and the personnel of the Fire/EMS Department to go door-to-door in the Southlawn community to check on homes and ensure they are safe. Firefighters will perform a visual inspection of furnace areas and ventilation pipes and provide safety information and advice. A combination smoke and CO alarm will be installed in homes that need them – at no cost.

WHAT: Kick-Off of Council Member Patterson’s Safe Homes Campaign

WHEN: Friday, November 30, 2012, 1:00 pm

WHERE: Westfield Drive and Haven Avenue -  Oxon Hill, MD

WHO: County Council Member Obie Patterson – District 8, Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor, Firefighter and Paramedics, residents and staff from District 8.

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Fire and Police Investigate Upper Marlboro Fire Incident After Body is Discovered - Buck Lane

Prince Georges County Fire Investigators and Police Homicide Detectives are conducting a joint investigation into the circumstances involving a deceased person being discovered after a fire was extinguished in an Upper Marlboro abandoned structure early this morning.

Around 2:15 am, Wednesday, firefighters were alerted to a structure fire in the 15000 block of Buck Lane in Upper Marlboro. The structure, which appeared to be an abandoned house, was well involved with fire upon arrival. Exterior operations commenced until the fire was knocked down.

After about 45 minutes of battling the blaze the bulk of the fire was extinguished and firefighters entered the burned out shell for overhaul and to wet down the small hot spots that were still smouldering. During this process a body was discovered. The body is un-identifiable. An autopsy will be required to determine the identity and cause of death.

Due to personnel operating in close vicinity of CSX tracks all train traffic was stopped. Largo Road (RT 202) was also closed due to hose lines in the roadway.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Mark Brady
PGFD PIO