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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Fatal Beltway Crash

At around 4:15 pm, Wednesday, July 21, 2010, a single vehicle crash occurred on the Capital Beltway (RT 495/RT 95) in Oxon Hill. For unknown reasons a vehicle left the Inner Loop (southbound) Beltway over the right hand side of the road. The vehicle rolled over off of the hard surface and onto the grass. The vehicle sustained significant damage and the adult male driver was trapped inside. The Maryland State Police Helicopter was summoned to the scene to transport the critically injured patient once he was extricated from the wreckage and preparations to close both loops of the Capital Beltway were underway to allow for a safe landing zone. Fire/EMS units from Silver Hill, Oxon Hill and Fort Washington arrived and used heavy-duty hydraulic tools to extricate the patient.

Once the adult male was removed from the vehicle paramedics were able to conduct a full patient assessment and declared, with medical control, the patient deceased. Paramedics completed the transport of the deceased to an area hospital. The MSP Trooper 2 med-a-vac was cancelled and traffic was allowed to move slowly through the area. After operating on the scene for about 30 minute’s fire/EMS units started to return to service. The Maryland State Police-Forestville Barracks will be investigating the crash.

Four Fires Keep Firefighters Busy

Firefighters handled a number of unrelated fire incidents Tuesday evening and early this morning involving a variety of structures causing nearly $260,000 in estimated fire loss and the displacement of two families. Despite the high potential for injuries to both civilians and firefighters, fortunately, there were no injuries reported on any of the incidents.

On Tuesday, July 20, 2010, at about 7:30 pm, Firefighters from Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties responded to a reported building fire in the 6800 block of New Hampshire Avenue in Chillum. Upon arrival they found a detached garage well involved with fire. The blaze was quickly extinguished. Fire Investigators have labeled this fire as “Under Investigation” and estimated fire loss at $1,000.

About 1 hour later many of the same Fire/EMS units were alerted to a fire in a 6th floor apartment of a high-rise building at 1836 Metzerott Road in Adelphi. Firefighters arrived and carried their equipment and hoselines to the area of the fire. After connecting hoses to the building stand-pipe system the fire was quickly extinguished. Numerous residents evacuated the building while many others sheltered-in-place while firefighters extinguished the fire and ventilated the smoke from the upper floors. Fire Investigators determined that "faulty electrical” was the cause of this fire with an estimated fire loss of $10,000. The occupants of the apartment of origin were displaced and assisted by the Fire/EMS Departments Citizen Services Unit.

Just before midnight, firefighters from Silver Hill and surrounding communities were alerted to a townhouse fire in Temple Hills. Fire/EMS units arrived at 2212 Anvil Lane and encountered a 2-story townhouse with fire showing from the basement. A Task Force brought additional Fire/EMS units to the scene as the fire was extending to the first floor. Initial arriving firefighters advanced hoselines in an aggressive interior attack on the fire and had the bulk of the fire contained and extinguished in about 20 minutes. One firefighter fell from the first floor into the basement after the fire had been extinguished; he was not injured. It is believed that the hole in the weakened floor was caused by the fire in the basement. Fire Investigators say this fire is “accidental” and estimate fire loss at $240,000. The displaced occupants will stay with other family members. No injuries were reported.

At 4:30 am, Wednesday, July 21, 2010, firefighters responded to automatic fire alarm activation at the Green Valley Park School located at 2215 Chadwick Street in Silver Hill. Upon arrival, firefighters found a fire that appears to have started on the exterior of a temporary classroom and extended into the structure. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire and limited damage to an estimated $5,000. Fire Investigators continue to investigate this fire and have it listed as “under investigation.” No injuries were reported.