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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Firefighters Extinguish Two Structure Fires in Fort Washington

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

Firefighters in the Fort Washington area stayed busy with battling two structure fires during their 24-hour shift that started on Wednesday, July 1.

The first incident occurred just after 11:30 am at a 2-story single-family home in the 800 block of Newmont Street.  A working smoke alarm detected smoke inside the house and emitted a warning which prompted the home occupants to evacuate their home.  Upon arrival firefighters found fire showing from a top floor bedroom window.  Firefighters confirmed all home occupants were safely outside and quickly extinguished the fire.  No one was injured, however, two adults and two children were displaced.  The Red Cross – National Capitol Region assisted the family with temporary shelter and assistance.  The cause of the fire appears to be accidental with a fire loss estimate of $20,000.  

The second incident occurred at around 1:15 am, Thursday, July 2.  Firefighters responded to the area of Rosecroft Raceway and located a vacant farmhouse fully involved with fire in the 2500 block of Brinkley Road.  A defensive exterior attack was initiated with the fire being declared out at around 2:45 am.  No injuries were reported.  Fire Investigators will continue to investigate the cause of the fire and placed an estimated fire loss at $100,000.

Firefighter Hospitalized After Battling Bowie House Fire

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

A firefighter remains hospitalized after suffering a medical emergency while battling a house fire yesterday.  At around 7:00 pm, Wednesday, July 1, firefighters from the Bowie area were alerted to a house fire in the 16200 block of Pointer Ridge Drive.  Upon arrival firefighters found smoke showing and a fire in the kitchen.

Firefighters made a quick knockdown of the fire and confirmed the home occupant was safe outside.  There were four cats inside the house.  One of the pets was found deceased and 3 others were unaccounted for.

Firefighters determined that food cooking on the stove was the cause of the fire.  A estimated fire loss was not submitted.  There were no civilian injuries and one firefighter experienced a medical incident.

After the fire was out a 22-year-old Bowie Volunteer Firefighter was transported to a nearby hospital after complaining of an illness possibly related to fatigue and dehydration.  He was admitted overnight to the hospital for additional tests and treatment.  He is reported to be in Good Condition.

Cooking food, most notably, unattended food on the stove, is the leading cause of fires and fire related injuries in Prince George’s County and the entire Country.  Never leave food cooking on the stove or barbecue grill unattended.  “Watch what you Heat.”

The lone occupant of the house was displaced and assisted by the Red Cross – National Capitol Region with temporary shelter.