MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
Prince George’s County Firefighters were dispatched to investigate an odor of smoke and a smoke alarm sounding in an attached duplex unit in Suitland this morning. These details were obtained from a 911 call received from the occupant of the attached duplex unit.
At around 3:45 am, Tuesday, April 10th, firefighters arrived at a 2-story brick duplex in the 4600 block of Brookfield Drive to find a fire in a second floor bedroom. The fire was located in the duplex unit attached to that of the 911 caller. The small fire was quickly extinguished and a deceased adult male was discovered in the room of origin. A working smoke alarm was found in the home.
Fire Investigators have initiated an investigation into the cause of the fire. An autopsy will be performed to determine the identity of the deceased and cause of death. Standard procedure is for the County Police to join Fire Investigators until a cause of fire and death have been established.
No other civilian or firefighter injures were reported. Preliminary fire loss is estimated at $2,500. The cause of fire is under investigation.
Firefighters will return to the community this afternoon at 1:30 pm and go door-to-door asking to check smoke alarms. If a non-working smoke alarm is found or is lacking any alarm, one will be installed by firefighters at no charge. Firefighters will also provide fire safety information including how to prepare an home escape plan in the event of a fire.