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Monday, December 8, 2014

Old Bowie Fatal House Fire Follow Up with Victim ID

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
mebrady@co.pg.md.us     @PGFDPIO

Prince George's County Firefighter/Medics from the Second Battalion returned to the Old Bowie community this morning to check for working smoke alarms after a fatal house fire the night before..

Robert W. Weyzen, 26 years of age (DOB 7/1/1988), resided in the family home in the 13100 block of 11th Street in Bowie.  Robert sustained burn injuries, primarily in his airway, that claimed his life on Sunday, December 7.  The home had 2 smoke alarms, however, they were not working.

Firefighters canvassed the neighborhood and found several homes without the protection of a working smoke alarm.  Firefighters provided fresh batteries or provided a new alarm to ensure smoke alarms were working.  If any County resident is in need of a working smoke alarm, call 311, and arrange for a firefighter to install an alarm in your home, free of charge.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation until the medical examiners report is complete.  However, Fire Investigators are looking at a candle located in a stairway that led to the second floor as a possible cause.  Weyzen was located by firefighters on the second floor, it appears, after he had attempted to exit the home down the stairs that were burning, sustaining injuries, and retreating back to an area on the second floor.

The entire Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department offer our condolences to the family and friends of Robert Weyzen.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Remember to have a working smoke alarm on every level of your home, primarily outside of sleeping areas.  Additionally, have an escape plan that identifies two ways out of every room in the house and identify a safe meeting place outside.

All Images are provided courtesy of Mark E. Brady, PGFD PIO

The incident scene in the 13100 block of 11th Street in Bowie

The following images are of Firefighters canvassing the community where the fatal fire occurred.  Several homes were found with non-working smoke alarms.

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