Maryland News

Friday, March 23, 2018

Prince George’s County firefighters to receive Medals of Valor

The Forestville Fire/EMS Station 823 Engine Crew of the Prince George's Fire Department will receive Medals of Valor for their daring rescue of two people trapped in a burning home. On November 15, 2017, the Prince George's Fire Department was called out to a house fire on the 5200 block of Lorraine Drive in Temple Hills. Two people were trapped in the house. Before first responders arrived, neighbors had attempted to enter the house to rescue the people trapped inside, but were unable to enter due to the high heat and thick smoke coming from the house. Upon arrival, firefighters quickly located and rescued the trapped occupants, who were quickly transported to the hospital for treatment.

Lexington Park EMT who aided 16-year-old shot at Great Mills High School almost didn’t make it

“Who knows why I didn’t go into work,” said Lexington Park Volunteer Rescue Squad Deputy Chief, Michael Cahall. Cahall told his fellow church members instead of going into the office on Tuesday, he had decided to telework and was brushing his teeth at home when Cahall said he got the call of a shooting at Great Mills High School. He was able to rush to the school and start giving aid to the 16-year-old victim who was shot on Tuesday. The volunteer First Responder said he works as the Director for the The Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program. Their website said their office is located in Arlington, Va.

Hagerstown firefighters quickly extinguish house fire

Hagerstown firefighters quickly extinguished a house fire at 127 Buena Vista Ave. on Thursday afternoon. There was obvious damage to the outside of the home on the second level after the fire was reported at 4:17 p.m. Capt. Russell Daiello said at the scene that city fire marshals were investigating the cause of the fire. Firefighters were initially told that people may have been trapped in the house when the fire broke out. But no one was found inside when firefighters searched it, Daiello said. No one was hurt. The American Red Cross was called to assist six adults and one child, according to Hagerstown Fire Marshal Doug DeHaven. Eight city fire units responded to the scene.
Hagerstown Herald-Mail

Officials rule Dorchester County fire as accidental

Officials have ruled a Cambridge house fire as accidental after they say it resulted in $100,000 in damages. The Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal says on Wednesday, just before 7:30 PM, the Rescue Fire Company responded to two-story-house fire in the 800 block of Locust Street. Officials report that the two-story home was converted in to two apartments. According to the report, 30 firefighters worked to put out the fire in 30 minutes. The blaze reportedly caused 100,000 in estimated total damages. Authorities report that the accidental fire was caused by unattended cooking in the kitchen. No one was injured during the incident.
WMDT-TV 47 Delmarva

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Officials: 2 dead in house fire in Chillum near DC; body found hanging from window

Two people are dead after a fire at a Chillum home Thursday morning and one of the bodies was found hanging from a window, according to authorities. The Prince George's County Fire Department says the fire is at a house at 34th Street and Eastern Avenue and as many as 65 firefighters were called to the scene. They say their crews got to the house at around 6 a.m. Fire officials have identified the two victims as adults. The D.C. Fire Department says its crews were filling in at Station 1 in Hyattsville because of the blaze.

Firefighter sent to hospital, 15 displaced following apartment fire in Belcamp

Several people were forced to evacuate from their homes early Thursday morning after an apartment building caught fire. Crews were called to the three-alarm fire at the Riverside Condos in the 1200 block of Ravenwood Court just after 2:30 a.m. Officials say the fire started on the balcony of an apartment on the third floor. Two adults and a 5-year-old were inside their home when the fire started, but they were able to get their dog and get out of the apartment safely. Officials say the family did pull the fire alarm before they evacuated so they could alert their neighbors there was a fire.
WMAR-TV ABC 2 Baltimore

Longtime Pasadena firefighter shares passion for profession

Firefighting is in 84-year-old Russell Schlick’s blood. Nearly every inch of Schlick's Green Haven home is filled with firefighting iconography: paintings of fire fighting, trophies from fire equipment competitions, awards and official citations awarded during his 70-year fire fighting career, and there's his 12-year-old dog, "Sparky," that is, of course, a Dalmatian. His passion can be seen by anyone who passes his house; fire equipment is parked in a lot next to two tall garages housing four pieces of equipment. He also has a firefighter statue in his yard.
Baltimore Sun - Metered Site

Hagerstown: Don’t forget the fire hydrants

Firefighters from the City of Hagerstown had a quiet morning on Wednesday despite the weather. However, one call could change that. Even though the snow might not hinder crews from arriving on scene, it could still be hiding something vital. Fire apparatus operator for the city, Justin Malott, said that firefighters are encouraging resident to shovel out fire hydrants as they shovel their sidewalks. "If we're coming down the street and need to be able to find that fire hydrant, in case we have a fire, [it's important] that we know where it is," Malott said. Although fire hydrants are not residential property, and you won't see a fine for not cleaning them off, they can make a big difference in an emergency.
WHAG-TV NBC 25 Hagerstown

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