Thursday, December 20, 2012
University officials and firefighters have now given the all clear for the area.
Firefighters were called to University of Maryland's Stamp Student Union Thursday to extinguish a trash can fire, authorities said. According to Prince George's County Fire Department spokesman Mark Brady, the small blaze occurred in a ballroom at the facility. The fire was extinguished shortly before 1 p.m. "Some smoke removal" was required, Brady said, but no injuries were reported. In a university-wide alert sent around 12:45 p.m., administrators urged people to avoid the area as firefighters completed their work.
Monday, November 5, 2012
There were no injuries and damages were estimated to be about $500.
Firefighters extinguished an electrical fire in a vacant store in the Greemway Shopping Center Monday afternoon. The fire at 7499 Greenbelt Rd. began around 1:30 p.m. in an electrical panel in a vacant store while contractors were working inside, according to Mark Brady, Prince George's County Fire/EMS chief spokesman. The store was a dental office next to Dress Barn, according to Tarina Windear, Dress Barn assistant manager. Firefighters used an extinguisher to put the fire out and no one was injured, Brady said. The damage estimate was around $500, and the fire department turned the scene over to Pepco, Brady said.
Monday, October 8, 2012
The fire-damaged home is on Odell Road.
A fire broke out in the basement of a single family home in Beltsville early Monday, according to Prince George's County Fire/EMS Spokesman Mark Brady. Fire units were dispatched at 3:15 a.m., Brady stated. The home is a one-story dwelling on Odell Road and the fire loss was placed at around $8,000 for the structure and contents, according to Brady. There were no injuries, Brady stated. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Sunday, July 8, 2012
This week's top headlines in Prince George's County.
Shooting Near University of Maryland Campus, Suspect in Custody Prince George's County police are investigating a shooting that started in the 4700 block of Lakeland Road in College Park Thursday night and ended in a massive police convergence at the McDonald's at 8301 Baltimore Avenue. The suspect, 21-year-old Andre McKoy, was found to be high on PCP. PGPD Seek Suspect in Greenbelt Road Robbery of Xtra Mart The Prince George’s County Police department seeks information about a suspect in the Tuesday morning armed robbery of the Xtra Mart gas station at 5919 Greenbelt Road. Bowie Home Consumed in Generator Fire A single-family home in Bowie was consumed by flames on Saturday when a gas generator was placed too close to the home and ignited…
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Unattended cooking on the stove caused a fire, sending three siblings to the hospital to be evaluated for possible smoke inhalation on Thursday morning, according to the Prince George's Fire Department.
Update, 1:35 p.m.: A fifteen-year old boy was babysitting his two sisters when unattended cooking on the stove started a fire in the Greenbelt condominium they were in this morning, according to Mark Brady, Prince George's Fire/EMS spokesman. The fire loss is estimated at $40,000 and only the apartment of origin is deemed unfit, according to the Prince George's County Fire/EMS blog. Complex management will assist the displaced family, the blog states. Original Post, 10:52 a.m.: Unattended cooking started a fire at 8:15 a.m. at 7814 Hanover Parkway on Thursday, sending three people to the hospital to be evaluated for possible smoke inhalation, according to Mark Brady, Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department spokesman. The fire started …
Friday, May 11, 2012
A townhouse caught fire on 8253 Canning Terrace causing an estimated $25,000 in fire loss.
A kitchen caught fire at 8253 Canning Terrace in Greenbelt, MD, Friday due to unattended cooking, according to Mark Brady, Prince George's Fire Department (PGFD) spokesman. It started at the stove or oven top, he specified. The damage estimate is $25,000 Brady said, explaining that the townhouse sustained significant smoke and heat damage in addition to the damage to the kitchen. People were home when the fire started, but they were able to escape safely, he said. The call came in around noon, and fire fighters arrived at 12:06 p.m., within 10 minutes they had they fire out, according to Brady. "We had it knocked out pretty quickly," he said, which prevented any extension of the end-unit townhouse to other units.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Investigators say a house fire at 53 Ridge Road on Wednesday was caused by a candle, according to Greenbelt official.
Investigators found a home in Greenbelt caught on fire after a candle fell onto the floor of a second-story bedroom Wednesday night displacing the woman who lived there, according to Assistant Chief Christopher Ransom of the Greenbelt Volunteer Fire Department. The fire in a middle unit on 53 Court of Ridge Road started at around 7:30 p.m. and the crew showed up quickly, Ransom said. Staffed with all volunteers, he said they did what they were trained to do—put the fire out and cleared the smoke in 3 to 5 minutes. The woman was inside when the fire occurred and was treated on the scene for anxiety, he said. The house is going to need renovations after the smoke and water damage, according to Ransom. Most of the damage was in the back …
Thursday, April 19, 2012
As the drought continues, park and city officials urge caution with grills and campfires.
In the face of the spring drought and a Maryland state warning, Greenbelt Park has issued a red flag fire alert and is urging visitors to exercise caution. A city official is also calling for safe practices. "We're a pretty large forest here, so we'll err on the side of caution for our visitors as well as our community around us," Ranger Kevin Barry said. "When you have dry conditions and the wind picks up, you don't need much of a spark to start a fire." On Saturday night when the wind did just that, Barry said the park called in staff to go around with campground hosts and ask people to watch their fires. Safety measures should be taken in other parts of the city as well, according to Lesley Riddle, assistant director of Greenbelt Public…
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Prince George's County firefighters put out the blaze in five minutes.
Update, 8:51 p.m.: It only took Prince George's County firefighters five minutes to put out a small fire at a three-story apartment building in Greenbelt Thursday evening. The fire broke out shortly before 5 p.m. on the terrace level of the apartments at 6006 Westchester Park Drive. According to PGFD Spokesman Mark Brady, there was minimal damage in the range of $500 and the cause of the fire is still under investigation. No injuries were reported. Original Post, 6 p.m.: Prince George’s County firefighters are on the scene of a three-story apartment building at 6006 Westchester Park Drive after reports that a fire broke out on the terrace level shortly before 5 p.m. Patch will update you as more information becomes available.
Monday, October 10, 2011
Playground equipment was destroyed in a fire that is being attributed to juveniles, according to county Fire/EMS.
Update, Oct. 11, 10 a.m.: The fire was on the 7200 block of South Ora Court, according to Prince George's County Fire/EMS spokesperson Mark Brady, who also clarified that the call came in just after 5 p.m. Monday. Original Post: Oct. 10: On Monday evening, equipment on a Greenbelt playground caught fire, according to Prince George's County Fire/EMS spokesperson Mark Brady, who said it was attributed to juveniles playing with matches. Around 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Greenbelt Volunteer Fire Department units arrived to find a climbing wall on fire and extinguished the fire without incident, according to Brady, who said the equipment was destroyed. Greenbelt resident and Patch columnist, Dawn Mooney, tweeted Patch several times about a suspected …