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Tuesday, April 2, 2013


The Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department and the City of Laurel Police Department have been conducting a joint investigation to identify the person(s) responsible for a number of fires occurring in and around the City, including playgrounds. The majority of these incidents occurred in the month of March. These incidents include a number of arson fires along with two fires of an undetermined nature that remains under investigation and are considered “incidents of interest.”

A reward has been established by the City of Laurel in the hopes of attracting information about these incidents. The City of Laurel Mayor and Fire Chief of the County Fire/EMS Department will be joined by lead investigators from each agency to discuss these incidents, reward fund and what citizens can do to help find who is responsible.

WHEN: Thursday, April 4, 11:00 AM

WHERE: City of Laurel Police Department, 811 5th Street, Laurel, MD, 20707

WHO: Laurel Mayor Craig Moe, County Fire Chief Marc Bashoor, Deputy Fire Chief Scott Hoglander and Laurel Police Chief Rich McLaughlin.

Fire Fatality from Cheverly Home Fire Identified

Investigators from the Fire/EMS Department's Office of the Fire Marshal have concluded their on-scene investigation of a house fire that occurred on Sunday morning, March 31, 2013, at 2401 59th Place in Cheverly. An adult female was found deceased inside the home.

The fire started in a second floor bedroom and extended through the attic and roof before being extinguished. The cause of the fire is undetermined at this point. However, finding no evidence to support any other cause of fire, there is no reason to believe that the cause was anything else but accidental. The fire caused an estimated $75,000 in fire loss. A firefighter sustained a small burn injury and was treated and released from the Burn Unit on Sunday.

The State of Maryland Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has confirmed the identity of the deceased as Stephanie Kay Syslo, DOB of April 13, 1953, of Cheverly, Maryland. The cause of death included smoke inhalation and thermal injuries. 
Fire Investigators found a smoke alarm inside the home; however, the alarm did not emit the early warning of a fire because it did not have a battery. Prince George's County residents can call our Safety First Smoke Alarm Program at 301-864-SAFE (7233) for additional information on obtaining a working smoke alarm in your home; free of charge.

Mark E. Brady
Chief Spokesperson/Public Information Officer
Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department

WJLA Report - 59th Place in Cheverly