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 …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Prince George's fire chief to send out a message to residents about smoke alarms.
Following a deadly fire in Glenarden which claimed the life of one man and two children Thursday morning and injured three others, county Fire Chief Marc Bashoor reminded residents about the importance of smoke alarms after fire investigators discovered no smoke alarms were present in the burned out home. "I could not be prouder of our men and women, volunteer and career, who work hard every day and who, once again, this morning showed that valiant courage that lies within us all," Bashoor said in a note, which was forwarded to Patch by the county's branch of the NAACP. "It is tragic to report that no smoke alarms have been found at the scene of the fatal fire on Leslie Avenue. We MUST constantly remind our communities that smoke alarms …
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.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
8th grader threw mother over shoulder, carried her to safety, in November fire.
The Prince George's County Fire Department will be awarding Thomas Johnson Middle School student, Taji Lee for a dramatic rescue which saw the boy carry his mother "fireman style" out of their blazing home. It all began on Thursday, Nov. 29 when fire and rescue teams responded to a reported house fire in the 6300 block of Naval Avenue in Lanham. Firefighters en route to the scene were preparing to rescue a person reported to be trapped inside. But when they arrived, they found that 13-year-old Taji Lee had already done all the rescuing which would be needed that night. Before firefighters had arrived on the scene, Taji had alerted a neighbor to the fire and asked them to call 911. Then Taji ran back home and carried his mother, Karen Lee…
Thursday, November 29, 2012
A year ago, Thanksgiving turned to tragedy when an early morning house fire claimed the lives of three Lewisdale residents.
On Nov. 27, 2011, Langley Park resident Amra Assing was woken up at 4 a.m. by a phone call from her sister, Lewisdale resident Merle Munroe, telling Assing that Munroe's house was on fire. "I asked 'how much of the house was on fire?' She said 'all of it'," said Assing in an interview yesterday. Munroe, age 62, shared the house with three other family members, her 32-year-old daughter Simone Munroe and Simone's six-year-old son Omari Noel as well as Omari's 61-year-old aunt Janet Assing-Macklin. Assing, after receiving the news of the fire, made the short trip from her house to the 2400 block of Griffen Street in Lewisdale where Simone, Omari and Janet lived. She brought with her four winter coats, which she thought her family members …
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
The cause of death is under joint investigation by the Prince George's County Police and Fire Departments.
Friday, November 9, 2012
Learn how you can help.
Over a week after Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast, some families are still struggling to rebuild and reclaim their lives. Some of those people are firefighters and EMS workers who have had to help out others even though they were impacted. Prince George's County Fire Department is targeting their efforts to help those firefighters and EMS workers in New Jersey and New York. PGFD is seeking the donation of usable uniforms that can be worn by emergency personnel as they go about their job of helping others in the devastated areas. The Bunker Hill Volunteer Fire Department, PGFD Station #855, is coordinating a relief effort to collect items that will be sent directly to firefighters in one of the devastated communities. Additional …
Friday, August 24, 2012
County fire officials remind residents of many ways to learn about PGFD happenings.
Next time you hear the high pitched wail of fire and rescue equipment speeding through your neighborhood, you might want to check out the Prince George's County Fire and Emergency Medical Services blog. Or Twitter feed. Or YouTube channel. Or Facebook page. That's the message from county fire and rescue officials, who earlier this week sent out an email reminding readers that there are many ways to find out what's going on with local emergency services. "The Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department maintains a news blog so that members of the community, media, Fire/EMS Department personnel and anyone that may be interested in the activity of the Department can easily locate a variety of stories and incident …