MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
At around 12:45 pm, Friday, May 13, Prince George’s County Firefighters arrived at a Temple Hills apartment building and encountered an apartment fire on the second floor of a three-story apartment building. The first arriving engine from Silver Hill Fire/EMS Station 829 advised the fire was extending to the top floor and roof area and requested a 2nd Alarm. Over 80 firefighters and medics battled this fire in the 4800 block of Saint Barnabas Road for about 15 minutes before declaring it under control. All occupants had safely escaped prior to the Fire/EMS Department arrival.
The fire caused an estimated $30,000 in loss and damaged to two apartments and a section of roof. Two firefighters were injured, one sustained 2nd degree burns to his hands and was treated and released from the Burn Unit at Medstar Washington Hospital Center. Another firefighter sustained a laceration and was treated on the scene. A civilian was transported to a local hospital for evaluation of smoke inhalation.
Eight families, 15 adults and 7 children, will be displaced. The Red Cross is assisting them.
The cause of the fire is undetermined.
Firefighters from Fairfax County also operated on this incident.