Just before 2:30 am, Sunday, January 29, 2012, Firefighters fought a house fire that caused $300,000 in estimated fire loss. The fire at the 2-story single family home was caused accidentally and attributed to an electrical source. Fire/EMS arrived in the 8000 block of Wingate Drive in Glenn Dale and found a well-advanced fire on both floors of the structure. A Task Force was sounded bringing additional firefighters and resources to the scene to help battle the blaze. It required about 30 minutes to knock down the majority of the fire and another 45 minutes to extinguish all the hot spots.
The County Citizen Services Unit was providing assistance to the occupants that will suffer long-term displacement.
A firefighter sustained a leg injury while she was battling the fire and was transported in “good” condition to a local hospital. No civilian injuries reported.
A Bowie family was able to safely escape its home before it was destroyed by a raging fire late Wednesday night.
Officials tell 9 NEWS NOW firefighters were dispatched after receiving 911 calls reporting a house fire with people trapped in the 8600 block of Normal School Road around 10:45 p.m. Firefighters and paramedics responded to the scene found the home engulfed in flames.
Officials say firefighters were able to quickly account for all five family members when they arrived on scene.
Firefighters attacked the flames from outside the structure and were able to bring the fire under control by 11:20 p.m.
From PGFD Chief Spokesman Mark Brady:
Prince George’s County Firefighters battled a house fire in Bowie after being dispatched at about 10:45 pm, Wednesday, December 8, 2010. Firefighters and paramedics responded to the single family home in the 8600 block of Normal School Road after dispatchers received 911 calls reporting the fire. There was a 911 report that occupants were trapped inside the burning structure. Firefighters from Bowie Fire/EMS Station #819, Old Town, arrived with heavy fire showing. A family of six was soon safely accounted for as firefighters initiated an attack on the fire.
At 11:20 pm, incident commanders reported the bulk of the fire was knocked down.
No injuries reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation. The Fire/EMS Department Citizens Services Unit is on the scene offering assistance to the displaced family of 3 adults and 3 children.
In addition to Bowie #819, firefighters from Bowie (Free State), Northview, West Lanham Hills, Bowie (Pointer Ridge), Anne Arundel County, Glenn Dale and Greenbelt operated on the scene.–
Posted By PGFD to Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department at 12/08/2010 11:35:00 PM
Tom Yeatman shot this video of a BP service station burning overnight in Prince George’s County, Maryland. The fire was reported at 5:30 AM at Addison Road and Martin Luther King Jr. Highway in Seat Pleasant. No injuries were reported. damage is estimated at $200,000.
Two-alarm commercial fire in Cambridge, Massachusetts: This fire was Saturday at 241 Monsignor O’Brien Highway. Fire in a Meineke Car Care Center. The same building was the scene of an arson in 2006 when it was the Boston Tropical Fish and Reptile pet store. The store’s manager and two others went to prison in a fire that killed dozens of animals. This time a cat was saved. Read more.
NOTE: It was a very busy weekend in the fire news business and we are getting a late start. Below is just a recap of our stories since Friday. More to come.
A Bill McNeel picture from the fire last night in University Park that injured eight firefighters.
Eight firefighters hurt in Prince George’s County, MD: : The evac tones were sounded at two different points in the battle to bring a University Park house fire under control. All firefighter injuries are reported to be minor. We have raw video from Tom Yeatman and lots of pictures.
Video by Vito Maggiolo from two more local fires: Vito was out with his camera early Saturday morning to capture a three-alarm fire at a former movie house in Takoma Park, Maryland. The building was most recently a clothing and shoe store. Click here for that video.
Firefighters in hot water over picture taking: One firefighter posing for another in front of a Winnipeg house fire was caught on camera by a news photographer. Now the firefighters are in trouble. Click here.
Philly firefighter accused of setting ladder truck on fire: The firefighter is accused of not listening to his lieutenant about setting papers on fire and then starting a blaze inside Ladder 2. Read the details.
More to the story on Chief Dennis Rubin’s lawsuit deposition: You may have seen our unusual story last week where DC Fire & EMS Department Chief Dennis Rubin describes in detail what he claims was an expletive filled tirade by the former lawyer for the department. That attorney, Theresa Cusick is suing after Rubin got rid of her. Cusick claims there was no tirade but instead she was moved after trying to alert the chief to a cover-up of cheating. Cusick herself has been on the other side of a complaint about a wrongful termination and news reports at the time indicate she didn’t like it one bit. Here’s that story.