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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Capitol Heights House Fire with Death Investigation - Crown Street - UPDATE

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Prince Georges County Firefighters battled a fire in a Capitol Heights home Sunday morning that involved a fatality.  Preliminary details includes that just after 9:00 am, Sunday, March 5, fire/EMS units were alerted to a house fire in the 5900 block of Crown Street.  A neighbor called 911 to report the house next door was on fire and they believed someone was still inside the burning home.  Firefighters from Capitol Heights were the first to arrive and advised of a 1-½ story single family home with smoke showing.

As one crew of firefighters advanced a hose line into the home to extinguish the fire another crew initiated a primary search of the interior.  A fire discovered in the rear of the house was extinguished and a deceased person was located.

There was some fire extension into the attic area, which was also extinguished.  Personnel from the Fire/EMS Department Office of the Fire Marshal were alerted to the incident.  As is standard procedure in any fires that involve a fatality the County Police Homicide unit is also alerted and a joint investigation is conducted until a cause of the fire is determined.  An autopsy will determine the cause of death.

The cause of the fire is under investigation and fire loss estimates are still being tabulated.  No other civilian or firefighter injuries were reported.

Additional information about this incident will be released when available.

UPDATE from Fire Investigators on Monday, March 6, 2017 at 2:07 pm

Deceased has been identified as Lisa Herring.  No age, date of birth or last known residency was provided.

Cause of Death: Not complete as of update.

Cause/Origin of Fire: Undetermined





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