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Thursday, July 21, 2016

District Heights Apartment Fire Injures Firefighter - Displaces 10 Residents

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

One firefighter was injured and 10 residents will be displaced as a result of a District Heights apartment fire today.  At around 1:30 pm, Thursday, July 21, Prince George’s County Firefighters were alerted to an apartment fire at 1942 Rochelle Avenue.

Firefighters arrived to find a garden style apartment building with fire showing from a first floor apartment.  Firefighters searched the building for occupants and quickly extinguished the fire.  All searches were negative.

Fire Investigators determined the cause of the fire to be accidental.   Maintenance personnel performing work on pipes inside the apartment ignited the fire.  Fire loss is estimated at $150,000.

Three apartments were damaged and residents displaced.  The American Red Cross provided ten residents, 4 adults and 6 children, temporary assistance.

One firefighter sustained a minor burn injury and was treated and released at the Burn Unit at Medstar Washington Hospital Center

Conditions on arrival.  Image from DCFDRescue3 Twitter Page.

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