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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Fire Investigators Seek Info on College Park Fire


NWS Hazardous Weather Outlook - Strong to Severe Storms Possible Today


Hazardous Weather Outlook


HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK...UPDATED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
539 AM EDT THU SEP 11 2014

STRONG TO SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ARE POSSIBLE THIS AFTERNOON AND
EARLY EVENING. SOME STORMS MAY PRODUCE LOCALLY DAMAGING WIND
GUSTS.

A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FOR THE WATERS THROUGH
TONIGHT.

"Never Forget" Our County Residents that Perished on 9/11/01


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

The Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department has adopted a philosophy of “Never Forget” when it comes to honoring the firefighters that paid the ultimate sacrifice on September 11, 2001 in New York City as well as the residents of Prince George’s County that died in the attack on the Pentagon.  We honor the nearly 3,000 people that died that day.  We will continue to keep them in our thoughts and prayers, “Never Forget.”

Prince George’s County built a Memorial Park to honor our residents that perished on 9-11-01.  The 9/11 Memorial Park, dedicated on September 11, 2006 is located near the entrance of the Bladensburg Waterfront Park and Peace Cross.  The memorial has a brick sidewalk lined with white Crepe Myrtle trees for each of the residents who died in the attacks. There is also a granite memorial with the inscription, ‘‘Prince George’s County honors those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. We will always remember them.”

Prince George’s residents who died in the Sept. 11 attacks
·      Samantha Lightbourn-Allen, 36, of Forestville

·      Carrie Blagburn, 48, of Temple Hills

·      Angelene C. Carter, 51, of Forestville

·      Julian Cooper, 39, of Springdale

·      Ada Davis, 57, of Camp Springs

·      *James Debeuneure, 58, of Upper Marlboro

·      *Charles S. Falkenberg, 45, University Park
·      *Leslie Whittington, 45, University Park
·      *Dana Falkenberg, 3, University Park
·      *Zoe Falkenberg, 9, University Park

·      Sandra Foster, 41, of Clinton

·      Carolyn Halmon, 49, of Fort Washington

·      Sheila Hein, 51, of University Park

·      Jimmie Ira Holley, 54, of Lanham

·      Brenda Kegler, 49, of Capitol Heights

·      Gerard P. Moran Jr., 39, of Upper Marlboro

·      Odessa V. Morris, 54, of Upper Marlboro

·      James John Pycior Jr., 39, of Landover

·      Cecelia E. Richard, 41, of Fort Washington

·      Robert E. Russell, 52, of Oxon Hill

·      Antionette Sherman, 35, of Forest Heights

·      Edna Stephens, 53, of Capitol Heights

·      *Hilda E. Taylor, 62, of Forestville

·      Kevin Wayne Yokum, 27, of New Carrollton

* Denotes resident who died on American Flight 77, which crashed into the Pentagon. All other residents were at the Pentagon.  Source: Gazette Newspaper, September 7, 2011 edition.

2-Alarm Apartment Fire 6800 Block of Riverdale Road


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

At about 11:15 am, Wednesday, September 10, 2014 firefighters responded to a report of a fire in an apartment building.  First arriving units in the 6800 block of Riverdale Road encountered a 3-story with a terrace level apartment building with smoke showing.

It appears a fire started in a utility room on the terrace level.  Workers were using an acetylene torch while working to remove an old boiler.  Combustibles ignited in the pipe chase area with fire extending to the upper floors by way of interior walls.

These types of fires are typically work extensive and this was no different.  A 2nd Alarm was sounded bringing about 65 Firefighter/Medics to the scene on board over 18 pieces of fire apparatus.  It is common for these type of fires to extend directly up to the cockloft /attic area, however, firefighters quickly extended hoslines and opened up the walls on the upper floors to prevent this from occurring.

It required about 30 minutes to knock down the bulk of the fire and another 30 minutes to completely extinguish.  One firefighter was transported to a local hospital after suffering respiratory issues.  No civilian injuries occurred.

7 apartments will be displaced.  15 adults and 4 children are being assisted by the County Citizen Services Unit and the American Red Cross.

Fire loss is estimated at $20,000.





 All photos courtesy of Mark E. Brady, PGFD PIO












Rear side of building - removing bars from windows