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Friday, September 12, 2014

Bladensburg Townhouse Fire Displaced Nearly 3 Dozen Residents


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

A Bladensburg fire has displaced 34 residents and numerous pets from 6 town homes this afternoon.  At about 4:45 pm firefighters responded to the 5400 block of Doris Court in Bladensburg for a report of a townhouse on fire.  First arriving firefighters arrived and found a middle of the row 3-story townhouse with smoke and fire showing.  A 2nd Alarm was sounded bringing over 80 firefighters and paramedics to the scene.  It required about 40 minutes to knock down the fire, which left 4 town homes with significant fire damage.

It appears the fire started on the rear deck of one of the townhouses and extended up the rear exterior wall and into the roof area.  The fire extended vertically via the attics.  An outdoor barbecue grill was in use on the wooden deck when the fire started.

There were no injuries reported.  The cause of the fire is listed as accidental and attributed to careless cooking.  Fire loss is estimated at $750,000.

Cooking, both indoors and out, is the leading cause of fires and fire related injuries in Prince George’s County.  Remember to never leave food cooking unattended.  Ensure your grill is at least 10 feet away from anything combustible (30 feet for any multi-family dwelling).

The County Citizens Services Unit and the American Red Cross are assisting 24 adults and 10 children with temporary shelter.




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Annual Prince George's County Volunteer Fire & Rescue Association Convention Begins Saturday

Prince George's County Volunteer Fire & Rescue Association


The Annual Prince George's County Volunteer Fire & Rescue Association Convention will begin Saturday, September 13th with events scheduled throughout the week.  Unless otherwise noted the events will be held at the Bunker Hill Fire/EMS Station 855, 3716 Rhode Island Avenue in Mount Rainier.  For additional information contact the PGCVFRA office at 301-583-1910.

County Convention 2014
September 13 – September 20, 2014



Saturday, September 13, 2014 – Events will be at the Station
Drivers Rodeo - Start Time 2pm
Corn Hole Tournament – Registration – 6:30pm Start Time - 7:30pm 

Sunday, September 14, 2014
Fun Contests (Battle of the buckets, bucket brigade, etc.)
Held at the Colmar Manor Ball fields (3700 38th Avenue, Colmar Manor, MD 20722) 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 
Memorial Service – Start 7:00pm
Location – Bunker Hill Fire Station 55 (3716 Rhode Island Ave, Brentwood, MD 20722)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Past Presidents Dinner – 6:00pm – Cocktails, 7:00pm – Dinner
By invitation only
Forestville VFD (Co.23)

Thursday, September 18, 2014
5:30 – 6:45 – Dinner
Opening and Awards
1st Session Meetings – Men’s Meeting – Downstairs, Ladies Meeting – Upstairs

Friday, September 19, 2013
Bull Roast – 5:30 to 7:30pm ($15.00 per person)
2nd Session Meetings and installation

Saturday, September 20, 2014
Prayer Breakfast – 8:30am
Line up – 09:30 – (Thomas Stone School – 4500 34th Street)     
Parade – 10:00am
Hook ups to follow
3rd Session Meeting - Awards
End of Convention Party - 7:00pm

                                                                                         Price for Convention Items
      Shirt – Any Sizes = $ 20.00
    25oz Stein and Cup - $ 20.00
   All 3 Items - $ 50.00
   Plastic Cup - $ 5.00



Thursday, September 11, 2014

Fire Investigators Seek Info on College Park Fire


NWS Hazardous Weather Outlook - Strong to Severe Storms Possible Today


Hazardous Weather Outlook


HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK...UPDATED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
539 AM EDT THU SEP 11 2014

STRONG TO SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ARE POSSIBLE THIS AFTERNOON AND
EARLY EVENING. SOME STORMS MAY PRODUCE LOCALLY DAMAGING WIND
GUSTS.

A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FOR THE WATERS THROUGH
TONIGHT.

"Never Forget" Our County Residents that Perished on 9/11/01


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

The Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department has adopted a philosophy of “Never Forget” when it comes to honoring the firefighters that paid the ultimate sacrifice on September 11, 2001 in New York City as well as the residents of Prince George’s County that died in the attack on the Pentagon.  We honor the nearly 3,000 people that died that day.  We will continue to keep them in our thoughts and prayers, “Never Forget.”

Prince George’s County built a Memorial Park to honor our residents that perished on 9-11-01.  The 9/11 Memorial Park, dedicated on September 11, 2006 is located near the entrance of the Bladensburg Waterfront Park and Peace Cross.  The memorial has a brick sidewalk lined with white Crepe Myrtle trees for each of the residents who died in the attacks. There is also a granite memorial with the inscription, ‘‘Prince George’s County honors those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. We will always remember them.”

Prince George’s residents who died in the Sept. 11 attacks
·      Samantha Lightbourn-Allen, 36, of Forestville

·      Carrie Blagburn, 48, of Temple Hills

·      Angelene C. Carter, 51, of Forestville

·      Julian Cooper, 39, of Springdale

·      Ada Davis, 57, of Camp Springs

·      *James Debeuneure, 58, of Upper Marlboro

·      *Charles S. Falkenberg, 45, University Park
·      *Leslie Whittington, 45, University Park
·      *Dana Falkenberg, 3, University Park
·      *Zoe Falkenberg, 9, University Park

·      Sandra Foster, 41, of Clinton

·      Carolyn Halmon, 49, of Fort Washington

·      Sheila Hein, 51, of University Park

·      Jimmie Ira Holley, 54, of Lanham

·      Brenda Kegler, 49, of Capitol Heights

·      Gerard P. Moran Jr., 39, of Upper Marlboro

·      Odessa V. Morris, 54, of Upper Marlboro

·      James John Pycior Jr., 39, of Landover

·      Cecelia E. Richard, 41, of Fort Washington

·      Robert E. Russell, 52, of Oxon Hill

·      Antionette Sherman, 35, of Forest Heights

·      Edna Stephens, 53, of Capitol Heights

·      *Hilda E. Taylor, 62, of Forestville

·      Kevin Wayne Yokum, 27, of New Carrollton

* Denotes resident who died on American Flight 77, which crashed into the Pentagon. All other residents were at the Pentagon.  Source: Gazette Newspaper, September 7, 2011 edition.

2-Alarm Apartment Fire 6800 Block of Riverdale Road


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

At about 11:15 am, Wednesday, September 10, 2014 firefighters responded to a report of a fire in an apartment building.  First arriving units in the 6800 block of Riverdale Road encountered a 3-story with a terrace level apartment building with smoke showing.

It appears a fire started in a utility room on the terrace level.  Workers were using an acetylene torch while working to remove an old boiler.  Combustibles ignited in the pipe chase area with fire extending to the upper floors by way of interior walls.

These types of fires are typically work extensive and this was no different.  A 2nd Alarm was sounded bringing about 65 Firefighter/Medics to the scene on board over 18 pieces of fire apparatus.  It is common for these type of fires to extend directly up to the cockloft /attic area, however, firefighters quickly extended hoslines and opened up the walls on the upper floors to prevent this from occurring.

It required about 30 minutes to knock down the bulk of the fire and another 30 minutes to completely extinguish.  One firefighter was transported to a local hospital after suffering respiratory issues.  No civilian injuries occurred.

7 apartments will be displaced.  15 adults and 4 children are being assisted by the County Citizen Services Unit and the American Red Cross.

Fire loss is estimated at $20,000.





 All photos courtesy of Mark E. Brady, PGFD PIO












Rear side of building - removing bars from windows