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Friday, September 12, 2014

Bladensburg Townhouse Fire Displaced Nearly 3 Dozen Residents

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

A Bladensburg fire has displaced 34 residents and numerous pets from 6 town homes this afternoon.  At about 4:45 pm firefighters responded to the 5400 block of Doris Court in Bladensburg for a report of a townhouse on fire.  First arriving firefighters arrived and found a middle of the row 3-story townhouse with smoke and fire showing.  A 2nd Alarm was sounded bringing over 80 firefighters and paramedics to the scene.  It required about 40 minutes to knock down the fire, which left 4 town homes with significant fire damage.

It appears the fire started on the rear deck of one of the townhouses and extended up the rear exterior wall and into the roof area.  The fire extended vertically via the attics.  An outdoor barbecue grill was in use on the wooden deck when the fire started.

There were no injuries reported.  The cause of the fire is listed as accidental and attributed to careless cooking.  Fire loss is estimated at $750,000.

Cooking, both indoors and out, is the leading cause of fires and fire related injuries in Prince George’s County.  Remember to never leave food cooking unattended.  Ensure your grill is at least 10 feet away from anything combustible (30 feet for any multi-family dwelling).

The County Citizens Services Unit and the American Red Cross are assisting 24 adults and 10 children with temporary shelter.

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Annual Prince George's County Volunteer Fire & Rescue Association Convention Begins Saturday

Prince George's County Volunteer Fire & Rescue Association

The Annual Prince George's County Volunteer Fire & Rescue Association Convention will begin Saturday, September 13th with events scheduled throughout the week.  Unless otherwise noted the events will be held at the Bunker Hill Fire/EMS Station 855, 3716 Rhode Island Avenue in Mount Rainier.  For additional information contact the PGCVFRA office at 301-583-1910.

County Convention 2014
September 13 – September 20, 2014

Saturday, September 13, 2014 – Events will be at the Station
Drivers Rodeo - Start Time 2pm
Corn Hole Tournament – Registration – 6:30pm Start Time - 7:30pm 

Sunday, September 14, 2014
Fun Contests (Battle of the buckets, bucket brigade, etc.)
Held at the Colmar Manor Ball fields (3700 38th Avenue, Colmar Manor, MD 20722) 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 
Memorial Service – Start 7:00pm
Location – Bunker Hill Fire Station 55 (3716 Rhode Island Ave, Brentwood, MD 20722)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Past Presidents Dinner – 6:00pm – Cocktails, 7:00pm – Dinner
By invitation only
Forestville VFD (Co.23)

Thursday, September 18, 2014
5:30 – 6:45 – Dinner
Opening and Awards
1st Session Meetings – Men’s Meeting – Downstairs, Ladies Meeting – Upstairs

Friday, September 19, 2013
Bull Roast – 5:30 to 7:30pm ($15.00 per person)
2nd Session Meetings and installation

Saturday, September 20, 2014
Prayer Breakfast – 8:30am
Line up – 09:30 – (Thomas Stone School – 4500 34th Street)     
Parade – 10:00am
Hook ups to follow
3rd Session Meeting - Awards
End of Convention Party - 7:00pm

                                                                                         Price for Convention Items
      Shirt – Any Sizes = $ 20.00
    25oz Stein and Cup - $ 20.00
   All 3 Items - $ 50.00
   Plastic Cup - $ 5.00