MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
An adult female was removed from a burning Lanham house fire late Saturday night by firefighters. At around 11:15 pm, Saturday, September 8th, a 911 call was received from a member of the community by Public Safety Communications reporting a house on fire in the 4300 block of Crelin Place in Lanham. Fire and EMS units arrived at the split-level single-family house and reported fire showing from the rear of the house. An interior attack on the fire located in the basement and search of the structure ensued. An unconscious adult female, the lone occupant, was located inside and removed by firefighters where medics initiated advanced life support treatment. The fire, that appears to have started in the basement, extended to the upper level and roof area before being extinguished.
The adult female was transported to a hospital where despite the best efforts of firefighters, medics and hospital staff she was pronounced deceased a short time after her arrival in the emergency room.
The fire was extinguished within 25 minutes of arrival of firefighters. A smoke alarm was found inside the home, however, investigators were not able to determine if the smoke alarm was working. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Fire loss is estimated at $150,000. No other injuries were reported.
The identity of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of family.