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Sunday, February 28, 2016

One Civilian Injured in 2-Alarm Commercial Building Fire - Armstrong Lane

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

Firefighters battled a fire this morning that consumed a 1-story auto repair garage and injured an employee.  The fire was reported at around 7:20 am in the 8700 block of Armstrong Lane in Upper Marlboro.  Firefighters arrived at the business and reported fire and smoke showing.  A Second Alarm was sounded bringing additional firefighters and apparatus to the scene.  It required about 45 minutes to extinguish the fire.

Medics treated an employee of the garage for burn injuries to his hands and face.  The adult male was transported to a Burn Unit in “Good” condition suffering from 2nd degree burns.


The cause of the fire remains under investigation.  Fire loss is estimated at $150,000.

Photos are courtesy of the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department




Saturday, February 27, 2016

PGFD Adopt-A-Neighborhood Smoke Alarm Program Visits North College Park

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

Dozens of College Park homes are safer today after firefighters went door-to-door testing and smoke alarms and if needed, installed new 10-year smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors.  This community risk reduction event was made possible by the generous donation from Carrolton Enterprises through the Departments “Adopt-A-Neighborhood” program.  Carrolton owns and manages several shopping centers throughout Prince George’s County.  The company donated funds that enabled the Departments Community Advisory Council, a 501C-3 Corporation, to purchase a quantity of alarms.  Firefighters will visit communities near Carrollton Enterprises shopping centers and test smoke alarms and if a home is found without a working smoke alarm, a new 10-year smoke alarm purchased with donated funds from Carrollton Enterprises, will be installed by firefighters ensuring that family is protected.

Todays smoke alarm event occurred in the Hollywood community of North College Park.  About 100 homes near the Hollywood Shopping Center in the 9800 block of Rhode Island Avenue were selected to be checked.  Dozens of Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department personnel including volunteer, civilian and career members and County Fire Chief Marc Bashoor participated in the event. 

Firefighters from Branchville, Berwyn Heights and Calverton divided the targeted streets up and crews spent the morning going door-to-door testing existing alarms and replacing older and non-working alarms with new 10-year alarms.  If a home had natural gas appliances, a fireplace or an attached garage they were provided with a combination smoke and CO alarm.

Any business or group interested in joining our Adopt-A-Neighborhood program should contact our coordinator via Email at PGFDCAC@gmail.com.


Any resident that is in need of a working smoke and can not afford to purchase one themselves should call 311 and ask about our smoke alarm program.  If you purchased a smoke or CO alarm and need assistance in installing the alarm feel free to call 311 and ask for our assistance.


Branchville, Berwyn Heights, Calverton and civilian members of along with County Fire/EMS Department leadership and a representative of Carrollton Enterprises met this morning in the parking lot of Hollywood Shopping Center to kick-off our smoke alarm effort.
Branchville Volunteer Firefighters prepare to install new 10-year alarms

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Two District Heights house fires on Ramblewood Drive - not related

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

An unusual sequence of events this afternoon in District Heights.  Two house fires occurred within an hour of each other on the same street separated only by eight neighboring houses and with different causes.  Each fire damaged the home and displaced the occupants.  Fortunately, no injuries were reported in either incident.

The first incident occurred at around 4:00 pm in the 2300 block of Ramblewood Drive.  Firefighters arrived at the 2-story, Cape Cod style, single-family home with fire and smoke showing.  Firefighters confirmed all the occupants were out of the house and initiated an interior attack on the fire.  The fire was located in a bedroom on the first floor in the rear of the house.  The fire was quickly extinguished and declared out within 10 minutes of arrival.  The cause of this fire has been determined to be a malfunctioning extension cord and is accidental. Estimated fire loss is $50,000.  Four adults, 2 children and the family dog are displaced and assisted by the County Citizen Services Unit and American Red Cross with temporary shelter.

As firefighters were cleaning up from that fire a young teen-aged male came running up the street and told the first firefighter he could find that his house was on fire.  Firefighters quickly scrambled to negotiate apparatus and themselves to prepare for another fire.  At around 5:00 pm, just down the street from the first fire, in the 2100 block of Ramblewood Drive, heavy smoke was pouring out of the homes front door and upper floor.  Again, firefighters ensured all occupants were out of the house, advanced hose lines into the home and extinguished the fire.  One adult and three children are displaced from this house.  The County Citizen Services Unit and the Red Cross are assisting this family as well.  Fire loss is estimated at $35,000 and was caused by unattended cooking.

Overall, two jobs well done by firefighters for minimizing damage and done so without injury.  A quick transition from one incident to another with little to no time to organize who was first or last arriving.

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2100 block of Ramblewood Drive - 2nd House Fire
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2100 block of Ramblewood Drive - 2nd House Fire

2100 block of Ramblewood Drive - 2nd House Fire

2100 block of Ramblewood Drive - 2nd House Fire

2100 block of Ramblewood Drive - 2nd House Fire

2100 block of Ramblewood Drive - 2nd House Fire

2100 block of Ramblewood Drive - 2nd House Fire

2100 block of Ramblewood Drive - 2nd House Fire






Riverdale Heights House Fire Injures Firefighter and Displaces Family

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

A malfunctioning electrical outlet caused a house fire that injured a firefighter and displaced the occupants.  At around 9:30 am, Tuesday, February 23, firefighters were alerted to a fire in a house in the 6600 block of Oliver Street in Riverdale Heights.  Fire/EMS units arrived to find a 2-story, Cape Cod style, single family home with fire showing from the top floor and roof. 

Firefighters conducted a search of the house interior and an interior attack on the fire.  All searches were negative and firefighters had the fire extinguished within 15 minutes of arrival.

One firefighter sustained a small burn injury during the firefight.  He was transported a Burn Unit where he was treated and released.

Fire Investigators found that a malfunctioning electrical outlet started the fire in an attic area converted to a bedroom.  A smoke alarm was in the house but determined to be non-working.  The cause of the fire is accidental and the estimated fire loss is $150,000.  No other injuries were reported.


Six adults and one child are displaced from this house.  The County Citizen Services Unit and the American Red Cross assisted the family with temporary arrangements.