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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Suitland Apartment Fire - Southern Avenue

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

Prince George’s County Firefighters battled a fire in a Suitland apartment building this evening that could displace as many as 50 occupants.  At about 6:15 pm, Tuesday, March 31, firefighters and medics were alerted to a terrace level apartment on fire at 3913 Southern Avenue, a 3-story garden-style apartment building.  Firefighters arrived to find fire showing from an apartment on the ground level rear side and immediately went to work.

Firefighters searched eleven apartments and found that all occupants had escaped safely.  The fire was located and quickly extinguished.  There was some extension to the apartment above on the 1st floor that was also extinguished.  Fortunately, no civilian or firefighter injuries were reported.

11 apartments in the building of origin will be displaced mostly due to the loss of electric and gas utility services.  An attached apartment building, 11 apartment units, may also be displaced if the utility services cannot be isolated to just the one building.  If both buildings remain without utilities than as many as 50 occupants could be displaced.  The County Citizens Services Unit and the American Red Cross are working with apartment complex management to assist the displaced occupants.

Fire Investigators believe a juvenile male under the age of 10 started the fire.  The child was cited and released to the custody of his parents.  Investigators will work with the family by providing referral services for juvenile fire setting.  Fire loss for the building and contents is estimated at $50,000.

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