1 Dead, After Multiple Fires In Prince George's Co.

10:17 PM, Oct 15, 2012   |    comments
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PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, Md. (WUSA) -- An Upper Marlboro woman who was in critical condition after her home burned down Sunday morning has died, announced Prince George's County fire officials on Monday morning.

The fire was one of three fires that kept Prince George's County firefighters busy on Sunday. Smoke poured out of the basement of a home on Peachleaf Court near Largo Road in Upper Marlboro around 3 a.m. on Sunday.

A smoke detector triggered an alarm and alerted the fire department. When firefighters arrived they found a 50-year-old woman inside.

"At that point she was unconscious, not breathing, and had no pulse," Prince George's County Spokesman Mark Brady said.

Paramedics were able to revive her before taking her to the hospital with burns and smoke inhalation. On Monday, fire officials say the woman had second degree and third degree burns over about a third of her body. 

According to fire officials, the woman died from her injuries late on Sunday at the Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly.

Investigators estimate that there was about $30,000 of damage from the fire. 

Investigators don't know the exact cause but believe it was accidental. They do know the cause of two other fires that burned Sunday morning that worry firefighters.

Around 1 a.m. Sunday morning, a driver on the Capital Beltway saw smoke billowing from a home on Palco Place near Rhode Island Avenue in College Park.

Investigators believe the cause was a malfunctioning furnace. The homeowner had just flipped it on for the first time this season

"When weather turns a little bit colder we get extremely busy," Brady said.

A space heater destroyed a three story apartment building on Windom Road in Hyattsville. The Red Cross is helping the roughly 30 people who have been displaced.

Reneece Brinkley lost everything, "except some of my clothes but it's smoked out. I have to start over."

Residents knocked on people's doors to wake people up around 8:30 a.m. Firefighters had to rescue people from their balconies.

Brady says heating appliances cause the most fires in November, December and January and cause the most home fatalities in Prince George's County and across the country. Brady says to have your furnace checked out annually. You can usually have that done for under $100.

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