Monday, April 29, 2013
Baltimore Ave. was partially shut down following the accident.
Update, 12:56 p.m.: U.S. Route 1 has been reopened in both directions, according to University of Maryland police. Original article: Police and fire officials are urging motorists to avoid the area of U.S. Route 1 and Campus Drive following a "serious" police-involved crash Monday morning. According to Prince George's County fire spokesman Mark Brady, the accident occurred in the 8100 block of Route 1 just north of the gates to the University of Maryland. Brady tweeted that two law enforcement officers on motorcycles suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the crash and were transported to a trauma center. Neither officer was from a Prince George's County police force, Brady said. UMD police report that the southbound lanes of Route 1 …
Monday, March 4, 2013
The new and expanded programs are designed to increase fire safety awareness and working smoke detectors in homes.
Following a recent spate of fires and fire related fatalities in Prince George’s County, the fire department is launching and improving upon several programs designed to increase fire safety awareness. “We are here to talk about community resilience,” said Prince George’s County Fire Chief Marc Bashoor in a press conference Friday. A recent accidental fire on Leslie Avenue in Glenarden claimed the lives of three children and their father. The fire was determined to be accidental and fire investigators discovered there were no working smoke detectors in the home. The one child that survived this fire, an 11-year-old girl, told fire fighters that the fire safety escape plan she made in school is the reason she was able to get out of her home…
Monday, February 25, 2013
Daijah Price, 11, died Friday night at the Children's National Medical Center.
The fourth victim in the Glenarden blaze that destroyed a home and took the lives of one man and two children has succumbed to her injuries. Daijah Price, 11, died late Friday night while being treated for fire related injuries at the Children's National Medical Center (CNMC), according to Prince George's County Fire Department (PGFD) Spokesperson Mark Brady. Price, her father, and two of her sisters were pulled from their burning Glenarden home early Tuesday morning. Price's pulse was restored at Prince George's Hospital Center Thursday morning before she was transferred to CNMC. Her father and two of her sisters were pronounced dead at the scene, but her mother and a third sister escaped the blaze prior to the arrival of firefighters…
Thursday, February 21, 2013
One man and two children were killed in the deadly blaze.
The lives three people, including two children, were claimed Thursday morning when a fire ripped through a Glenarden home, according to Prince George’s County Fire Department Spokesman Mark Brady. PGFD were alerted to the house fire with trapped occupants at around 4 a.m. Thursday. Once on the scene, firefighters found a house in the 8600 block of Leslie Avenue showing fire and heavy smoke, Brady said. A search of the burning home revealed one man and three female children, ages 5, 8 and 10. They were removed from the house and all four were not breathing and had no pulse Brady said. Firefighters conducted CPR on the scene the victims were transported to the hospital. The man and two of the children were pronounced dead upon arrival at …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Prince George's County fire officials are seeking the public's help in identifying the person responsible for a blaze that injured seven firefighters.
The Prince George’s County Fire Department (PGFD) is still seeking the arsonist responsible for setting fire to a vacant home in Riverdale almost one year ago, setting off a blaze that left seven firefighters injured. On Feb. 24, 2012, firefighters responded to a house fire at 6404 57th Ave. in Riverdale. While fighting the fire, a sudden gust of air swept through the house, creating “fireball-like” conditions inside the structure. The firefighters evacuated the house, but not before seven were injured. One of the firefighters, Bladensburg volunteer firefighter Sgt. Kevin O’Toole, 23, suffered second and third degree burns over 40 percent of his body in the blaze. O’Toole is still recovering from his injuries and has not been able to …
Friday, January 18, 2013
Two dozen students visited the fire station for a tour and fire safety prevention tips.
The Riverdale Heights Volunteer Fire Department hosted two dozen Prince George’s County Public School special needs students at its station on Thursday, provided students with fire safety and injury prevention education, according to Prince George’s County Fire Department spokesperson Mark Brady. Students were given a tour of the ambulance and fire engine, and firefighter medic Brian Mangino gave a demonstration of the protective equipment firefighters wear so students could see and hear what fully suited firefighter looks and sound like. Kids were also given fire safety and prevention tips by firefighter/medic, Lt. Brian Dougherty. “Based on the expression on the face of the students, the fire station visit was educational, entertaining …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Snow is in the forecast for Thursday.
Update Jan. 17, 9:30 a.m.: National Weather Service has cancelled the winter storm watch. A winter weather advisory is now in effect from 10 a.m. today until 1 a.m. Friday. Rain will change to snow in the afternoon and there will be one to three inches of accumulation. Original Story: The temperature will drop to the low 30s and Prince George's County could see up to four inches of snow Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. Snow and rain may mix at the onset, especially south of D.C. Thursday morning and will change to all snow late Thursday morning and afternoon. The snow is forecasted to end Thursday night, according to the NWS. Citizens can access weather alerts through NotifyMe Prince George’s as well as the emergency …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
The fire in Prince George's County left a house of worship in ashes.
Although parishoners celebrated 2013 in the church only hours before it lit up in flames, an Oxon Hill church will not be hosting a service in 2013 yet. At about 7:30 a.m. on New Year's Day, Prince George's County firefighters were called out to First Wesleyan Church of Oxon Hill at 1801 Iverson Street when reports came in that the one-story structure was ablaze, according to PGFD Spokesman Mark Brady. Two areas inside were burning, Brady said, and had reached the roof before firefighters could control the flames 25 minutes later. However, no firefighters or civilians were injured in the fire. The church "suffered considerable damage," Brady said Tuesday. Initial fire loss is estimated at more than $100,000, and the cause of the fire is …
Monday, December 31, 2012
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
A Greenbelt woman died when a row house on Laurel Hill Court caught on fire, according to Prince George's County Fire Department. Betty M. Starry, 86, from Greenbelt died in the fire Dec. 28. The circumstances surrounding the cause and origin of the fire remain under investigation.
Friday, December 21, 2012
John Frank Jenkins, 28, faces two counts of manufacturing or possessing a destructive device.
Authorities say a 28-year-old man was arrested Friday in connection with a pair of explosive devices reported in College Park over the past week. John Frank Jenkins of the 9000 block of Rhode Island Ave. was charged with two felony counts of manufacturing or possessing a destructive device, Prince George's County Fire Deparment spokesman Mark Brady said. The arrest follows the discovery on Friday of a "potential hazardous device" in the 5000 block of Edgewood Road. According to Brady, information developed after Tuesday's pipe bomb incident on 48th Ave. led investigators to a home there around 4 a.m. When officials found a suspicious package in a van associated with the residence, the Prince George's County Bomb Squad was called in to …