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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Four Firefighters Sent to Hospital After Battling Seat Pleasant Apartment Fire

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
mebrady@co.pg.md.us     @PGFDPIO

Four firefighters were sent to area hospitals after fighting a Seat Pleasant apartment fire.  On Friday, January 15, at around 9:30 am, fire/EMS units were alerted to an apartment fire in the 6500 block of Central Avenue and arrived to find fire and smoke coming from a top floor apartment of a 2-story front/3-story rear building.

Firefighters made quick work in extinguishing the fire.  Four firefighters, 2 with burn injuries and 2 with symptoms of hyper-tension, were transported to area hospitals for treatment and further evaluation.  All four were treated and released.  Hypertension symptoms were detected in the rehab area where medics evaluate firefighters after they have completed their assignments.  If a firefighters vital signs do not return to normal limits within an allotted time they are sent to the hospital for additional evaluation and treatment if needed.

There were 12 adults and 5 children displaced.  They were assisted through management, County Citizen Services Unit and the American Red Cross.

It appears the fire started in a bedroom of a top floor apartment.  The cause of the fire is undetermined, however, the investigation is on-going.  Fire loss is estimated at $70,000.

Conditions on arrival (PGFD Battalion Chief Grady Valencis)

Image by PGFD Assistant Fire Chief Steve White

Image by PGFD Assistant Fire Chief Steve White

Image by PGFD Assistant Fire Chief Steve White