Woman Dies in Cheverly Fire

Fire, police officials still investigating cause of deadly blaze

County fire investigators are trying to figure out what caused a deadly fire in Cheverly that killed a woman yesterday.

Shortly before 4 p.m. on Monday, firefighters responded to 6321 Landover Road after receiving reports of a fire alarm going off and smoke coming from a first floor apartment. 

Once inside, firefighters put out "a relatively small fire" in the dwelling, according to Mark Brady, public information officer with the Prince George's County Fire Department. Rescuers also discovered the unconscious woman who had suffered serious burns on her body. 

"She had no pulse and was not breathing," wrote Brady in a press release.

Rescuers tried to revive her with CPR as they transported her to the hospital. The woman was pronounced dead at the hospital. 

The name of the woman was not released, pending an autopsy by the Maryland Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Assisting in the investigation was the Prince George's County Police Department's homicide department. 

Damage from the fire is estimated to run between $5,000 and $10,000. 

Three other apartments were condemned after the blaze, displacing seven adults and four children. The displaced are being assisted by the county's Citizen Services Unit and the American Red Cross.


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