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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Cheverly House Fire with Fatality - 59th Place

A Cheverly resident was found deceased this morning after firefighters extinguished a fire in her home.  Firefighters were alerted just before 8:00 am, Sunday, March 31, to a fire at a 2-story single family home in the 2400 block of 59th Place.  Fire/EMS units arrived to find fire showing from the home.  While first arriving firefighters worked to extinguish the fire another team of firefighters performing search and rescue located an adult female in the area of the second floor and removed her to the exterior where she was pronounced deceased by paramedics.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.  The identity and cause of the death will be determined by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.  

Fire investigators did not find any presence of a working smoke alarm in the Cheverly home this morning.  Firefighters will be canvassing communities throughout Prince George's County on Monday, April 1, as part of the Department's "Safety First Day of the month" initiative as well as our standard "Post Incident Neighborhood Intervention Program" (PINIP) where firefighters visit homes in a community where a tragic death has occurred.  Residents are more apt to heed our advice of having working smoke alarms.

No other details of this case are currently available.

Mark E. Brady
Chief Spokesperson

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