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Monday, August 1, 2011

Beltsville Fire Determined to be Arson

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930

Prince George’s County Fire Investigators have determined a Beltsville commercial building was intentionally set on fire this morning. Just after 4:00 am, Monday, August 1, 2011, firefighters from Beltsville and surrounding communities were alerted to a building fire. Fire/EMS units arrived at the “Showcase Theatre” in the 11200 block of Old Baltimore Pike with a working fire. The fire was contained and extinguished without incident.

Fire Investigators have classified the fire as arson and estimated fire loss at $25,000. Anyone with information about the person(s) responsible is encouraged to contact investigators by calling the Arson Tip Line at 301-77-ARSON (27766).

Fire Investigators have determined a 4:00 am fire at this place of business to be a case of Arson. (Brady)

Landover Apartment Fire Extinguished - No Injuries

Prince George’s County Firefighters quickly contained a fire in a Landover apartment this morning. There were no injuries reported in this 10:30 am fire at 3929 Warner Avenue, a 3-story garden style apartment building, in the Coopers Crossing apartment complex. Firefighters arrived to find smoking coming from a terrace level apartment and through a coordinated effort evacuated all residents and extinguished the fire. It required about 5 to10 minutes for the 35 firefighters to contain and extinguish the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation and fire loss is estimated at about $5,000.

Apartment complex management will assist the 5 families that consist of 15 residents that were displaced. The majority of those displaced will be for a short term and may be able to return as soon as later today.
Firefighters operate on the scene of a fire inside a terrace apartment at 3929 Warner Avenue in Landover. (BRADY)

The fire originated in this terrace apartment. (BRADY)

Battalion Chief Gary Krichbaum conducts a "curbside critique" after operations were complete. 
Fire Chief Bashoor observes.  (BRADY)

A firefighter from Bladensburg shares a cup of water with a young resident of Coopers Crossing. (BRADY)

Fire Chief Bashoor talks with a displaced family including Mary Jones and her grand-children; 4-year-old Theresa and brother, 6-year-old Darnell. (BRADY)