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Friday, January 22, 2016

Apartment Fire on Queens Chapel Road

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
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At about 3:30 am the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department was alerted to a fire in a 3-story garden style apartment building in Hyattsville. First arriving fire/EMS units found heavy smoke showing and obvious rescues to be made from upper level apartments.  Rescues were made using ground ladders of residents on their balconies and windows.  Some interior rescues were also made through the interior stairwell.  A precautionary 2nd Alarm was sounding bringing additional fire and EMS units to the scene. 

It required about 30 minutes to extinguish the fire that appears to have started in the kitchen if the apartment of origin.  No injuries were reported.

Fire Investigators estimated fire loss at $75,000.  The exact cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The County Citizen Services Unit and the American Red Cross provided assistance to the building residents that were displaced.  20 adults and 6 children received assistance.  Some residents may be able to return within the week with others being a long-term displacement.

Working smoke alarms are credited with alerting the sleeping residents of the fire,