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Sunday, November 10, 2013

UPDATE - Palco Place Fatal House Fire - College Park

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

A house fire in the 5200 block of Palco Place in College Park at about 5:00 am, Sunday, November 10, resulted in both long-time occupants sustaining injuries, one being fatal.  Firefighters arrived at the 2-story single family with heavy fire on the top floor of the home.  A female occupant was able to escape but her husband could not.

The female, 80ish years of age, was transported to an area hospital suffering from smoke inhalation. She is listed in serious but stable condition.  Her husband was found deceased on the second floor after the fire was extinguished.  While the deceased is believed to be the 82-year-male home owner, an autopsy will be required to confirm positive identification.

The status of a smoke alarm in the residence is unknown.

The cause of the fire remains open and under investigation. Fire loss is estimated at $100,000.  As is standard procedure in any incident that involves a fire fatality, the County Police Homicide Unit is assisting Fire Investigators until a cause of death has been identified by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Firefighters will be returning to the Sunnyside Community of College Park on Monday. They will go door-to-door checking smoke alarms and providing residents with fire safety information.

College Park House Fire

Just after 5:00 am firefighters from the College Park area responded to the 5200 block of Palco Place for a report of a house fire. Fire/EMS units arrived to find a 2-story home with multiple levels inside. Extreme congestion of materials stored in the house made it challenging to negotiate inside the home.

An adult female was transported to a hospital suffering from smoke inhalation. A search continues for the adult male occupant believed to still be inside the house.

A 2nd alarm equivlant of personnel and equipment are on the scene.

The bulk of the fire was out at around 6:45 am. The investigation continues. Extensive overhaul is in progress.



Mark E. Brady
Chief Spokesman/PIO
Prince George's County Fire/EMS

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