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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Hyattsville House Fire Displaces Family of Six - Ogelthorpe Street

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

A fire that is believed to have started accidentally in a 1st floor bedroom caused an estimated $25,000 in damage and displaced a family of six.  At about 12:15 pm firefighters from the Hyattsville and surrounding area were alerted to a house fire in the 3800 block of Oglethorpe Street.  Firefighters arrived to find a 2-story single family home with smoke showing.  There were a total of 33 firefighter/medics on the scene that required about 8 minutes to extinguish the fire after arrival.  No injuries were reported.

2 adults and 4 children will be displaced and will stay with other family members in the area.  A search of the home failed to find any working smoke alarms.

Images are provided courtesy of Matt McSherry


MEDIA ADVISORY - MLK Day of Service Event - PGFD and the Red Cross

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930 mebrady@co.pg.md.us     @PGFDPIO
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'"
Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities.
The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems.
On Monday, January 19, the Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department will join forces with the American Red Cross – National Capital Region in a “Day of Service” by installing working smoke alarms.
We will start our day with words of inspiration from Fire/EMS Department and Red Cross leaders.
The combined resources will meet at the Oxon Hill Fire/EMS Station and deploy into the communities of Glassmanor and Forest Heights.  Teams will be equipped with fire safety material and working smoke alarms.  In the event a home is visited that is in need of a smoke alarm, one will be installed, free of charge.
The American Red Cross has set a goal of installing a minimum of 75 smoke alarms over four hours of service.
WHAT:      MLK Day of Service Event
WHEN:      Monday, January 19, Opening comments at 9:15 am
WHERE:    Oxon Hill Fire/EMS Station #842, 1100 Marcy Avenue

WHO:        Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor, American Red Cross in the National Capital Region CEO Linda Mathes, Dozens of Red Cross Volunteers and Firefighter/Medics

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