Maryland News

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Woman, 2 Dogs Found Dead At House Fire In Baltimore City

Baltimore City Fire Department responded to a fatal fire in South Baltimore early Wednesday morning. Officials say crews were called to the scene around 2:30 a.m. in the 4100 block of Doris Ave. There was a small fire in the back. Crews put out the flames and then found a body outside the rear of the home. The identity of the victim is not currently known, but officials did confirm it was a woman. Neighbors told WJZ’s Mike Schuh that a woman in her 40’s lived at the home. “In addition to locating the body outside of the home, firefighters also discovered three dogs,” said Baltimore City Fire Department PIO Blair Adams. “Two of them which were deceased and one of them which appears to be malnourished but still alive.”
WJZ-TV CBS 13 Baltimore

8 displaced after early morning fire in Howard County

Fire crews responded to a house fire early Wednesday morning in Annapolis Junction, according to Howard County Fire officials. The fire happened on Guilford Road, just off Route 32, officials say. The house had been converted into four separate apartments, according to officials, and crews found fire between different floors and apartments. Four adults escaped the fire unharmed, officials say. Eight adults have been displaced by the fire, officials say, and the Red Cross is helping them. No injuries have been reported from this fire, and officials say fire marshals are at the scene investigating the cause of the fire.
WBAL-TV 11 Baltimore

Follow-up: Fire officials say hydrants hindered firefighters battling Prince George’s County apartment complex fire

Prince George’s County firefighters believe they may have been able stop an apartment fire in Lanham from spreading to multiple buildings if they had had better access to different fire hydrants. The cause of the fire, which broke out in the 5300 block of 85th Avenue at around 3:30 p.m. Monday, is still under investigation. Here is what caused the problem – according to firefighters, the hydrants closest to the fire are only connected to a four-inch water main, meaning they weren’t large enough to pump out the amount of water required to extinguish such a large blaze. Instead, firefighters connected their hoses to hydrants about one-quarter of a mile away on 85th Avenue and Annapolis Road.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Blaze spreads across roof of Prince George’s County apartment complex

An estimated 132 residents are expected to be displaced after a fire Monday at an apartment complex in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Just before 4 p.m., Prince George’s County Fire and EMS spokesman Mark Brady tweeted about a fire in the 5300 block of 85th Avenue in Lanham. The apartment complex there had flames leaping from the roof and thick smoke billowing into the sky. “It burned intensely,” Brady told WTOP. “That fire just extended down that roof line with some drop down fire onto the top-floor apartments.” Initially, it was a two-alarm fire but Brady then tweeted that it was a three-alarm fire. The roof sustained heavy damage with part of it collapsing. Brady said firefighters had some water issues involving what he explained were “on-site hydrants” and not WSSC hydrants. As more and more firefighters connected to the on-site hydrants, the water pressure depleted “pretty quickly,” Brady said.
WTOP-AM 1500 Washington

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