Riverdale Residential Fire Fatality - Sheridan Street (November 23)

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

The Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department regretfully announces a fire related death of a Riverdale resident. 

On Wednesday, November 23 at about 4:30 am, firefighter/medics operated at the scene of a working house fire in the 6300 block of Sheridan Street in Riverdale.  An adult female was rescued by firefighters and transported by medics to the Medstar Washington Hospital Center Burn Unit.  The patient, a 74-year-old female was suffering from burn and smoke inhalation injuries and was in critical condition.

Despite the heroic efforts of firefighters, diligent pre-hospital medical care by medics combined with the very best care of emergency department and burn unit medical staff the patient succumbed to her injuries on Sunday afternoon, November 27.

The deceased is identified as Emily Novotny, DOB 7-21-1942, 74 years-of-age, of Riverdale, Maryland.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation; however, it appears that the cause of the fire will be accidental.

This is the ninth fire fatality, with accidental cause, in Prince George’s County this calendar year.

Recent years residential fire related fatalities of accidental origin:

2015 - 3
2014 - 5