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A joint Fire and Police investigation into a trailer fire with a civilian fatality is ongoing. Prince George’s County Fire Investigators assigned to the Departments Office of the Fire Marshal and Police Homicide are investigating the incident that occurred in the Baden/Brandywine area.
On Tuesday, February 11, 2014, at around 5:00 pm, a resident that resides near the incident scene in the 18100 block of Horesehead Road in Brandywine alerted public safety officials that she could see the burned out shell of a trailer. The trailer is used as a home and normally occupied by an approximately 75-year-old male.
Firefighters from the Baden Fire/EMS Station #836 arrived to find a trailer that sustained significant fire damage, however, no active fire burning and observed a deceased individual inside. The fire appears to have occurred overnight or earlier Tuesday morning and had gone unreported until later that day. The incident scene is located in a rural area and is in a remote location.
Fire Investigators and Police Homicide worked through the night investigating the scene. The deceased individuals age/gender could not be identified. An autopsy by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will be required in order to make a positive identification of the deceased.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Fire loss is estimated at $5,000.