Crime Scene: Fires


Posted at 03:16 PM ET, 08/14/2012

Firefighter hurt in second blaze in three days at Fort Washington home of former D.C. fire chief

Neither of the two fires at former D.C. Fire Chief Theodore Coleman’s house in recent days are considered suspicious.

By Matt Zapotosky  |  03:16 PM ET, 08/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Matt Zapotosky, Pr. George's, Fires & Fire Safety

Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 08/14/2012

Woman killed in Cheverly apartment fire

A woman was fatally injured in a fire in the Cheverly area Monday afternoon.

By Maggie Fazeli Fard and Matt Zapotosky  |  10:10 AM ET, 08/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety, Matt Zapotosky, Pr. George's

Posted at 04:53 PM ET, 03/21/2012

Serial arsonist sentenced to 15 years in prison for Pr. George’s fires

An arsonist who has now admitted setting more than a dozen fires in the D.C. region — including one that injured several firefighters — pleaded guilty to three counts of arson in Prince George’s County

By Matt Zapotosky  |  04:53 PM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Matt Zapotosky, Pr. George's, The District, Fires & Fire Safety

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 02/10/2012

Homeless man dies of burns after shelter fire

A homeless man died following a fire in the abandoned Woodbridge building he was using for shelter on Thursday, authorities said.

By Rachel S. Karas  |  10:02 AM ET, 02/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety | Tags:  homeless, fire, Prince William County

Posted at 02:16 PM ET, 02/09/2012

Great Mills apartment fire leaves one man dead

Officials continue to investigate the cause of the fire and the man’s identity.

By Sylvia Carignan  |  02:16 PM ET, 02/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Crime Scene, Fires & Fire Safety, Maryland

Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 01/25/2012

Fairfax County records no fire deaths in 2011 — a first

Officials credited a “multi-pronged effort.”

By Justin Jouvenal  |  10:35 AM ET, 01/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fairfax, Fires & Fire Safety

Posted at 03:53 PM ET, 01/19/2012

Authorities: Man found dead lit himself ablaze while cooking

The man who was found dead and burned inside a Bladensburg apartment Wednesday lit his clothing on fire while he was cooking.

By Matt Zapotosky  |  03:53 PM ET, 01/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Matt Zapotosky, Pr. George's, Fires & Fire Safety

Posted at 08:10 AM ET, 01/10/2012

2 women dead in Md. fire

They were pronounced dead at area hospitals.

By the Associated Press  |  08:10 AM ET, 01/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Baltimore, Fires & Fire Safety

Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 01/09/2012

Cans of bug spray explode, injure Fairfax man

An explosion was accidentally set off when an electrical spark ignited about a dozen aerosol insect repellant containers, according to fire officials.

By Allison Klein  |  10:21 AM ET, 01/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Allison Klein, Falls Church, Fires & Fire Safety

Posted at 08:03 AM ET, 12/27/2011

Two garage fires investigated in Urbana

Officials say both fires were contained by about 11:30 p.m.

By the Associated Press  |  08:03 AM ET, 12/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Frederick, Fires & Fire Safety

Posted at 08:25 AM ET, 12/23/2011

Arson warrant for Md. woman after Mount Airy fire

Authorities seek forty-seven-year-old Patricia Jane Cullop.

By the Associated Press  |  08:25 AM ET, 12/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Frederick, Fires & Fire Safety

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 12/06/2011

Fire at home of federal judge under investigation

The Monday evening blaze caused about $300,000 worth of damage to the McLean home of U.S. District Court Judge Liam O’Grady, Fairfax County fire officials said.

By Justin Jouvenal  |  01:02 PM ET, 12/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fairfax, Fires & Fire Safety

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 11/29/2011

Two women injured in Sunday house fire have died

The two women critically injured in a house fire in Chillum Sunday morning have died, and fire investigators now believe the blaze was sparked by an overloaded power strip in the living room, authorities said Tuesday.

By Matt Zapotosky  |  01:41 PM ET, 11/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Matt Zapotosky, Pr. George's, Fires & Fire Safety

Posted at 05:51 PM ET, 11/28/2011

Man electrocuted in Centreville accident

A 35-year-old man was electrocuted outside a Centreville home Monday when a ladder he was moving came in contact with a power line, Fairfax County police said.

By Justin Jouvenal  |  05:51 PM ET, 11/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fairfax, Fires & Fire Safety

Posted at 04:58 PM ET, 11/28/2011

Child killed in fatal fire identified

Prince George’s County fire officials have identified the six-year-old boy killed in a fire at his Chillum house Sunday morning as Omari Noel, authorities said Monday.

By Matt Zapotosky  |  04:58 PM ET, 11/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Matt Zapotosky, Pr. George's, Fires & Fire Safety

Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 11/28/2011

Woman hurt after food truck propane accident

The incident took place around 11 a.m. near Metro Center.

By Sylvia Carignan  |  01:24 PM ET, 11/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety, The District

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 11/27/2011

Boy, 6, dies in Chillum house fire, two other family members injured

A six-year-old boy has died and two women remain in critical condition after an early morning house fire Sunday in Prince George’s County, authorities said.

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  12:08 PM ET, 11/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety, Theola Labbé-DeBose, Maryland, Maryland, Pr. George's, Pr. George's

Posted at 03:05 PM ET, 11/25/2011

Pr. George’s firefighters rescue four from Bowie home

Prince George’s County firefighters rescued a woman and three children from a burning house in Bowie Friday, helping them down on ladders from the second floor of the home, authorities said.

By Matt Zapotosky  |  03:05 PM ET, 11/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Matt Zapotosky, Pr. George's, Fires & Fire Safety

Posted at 04:46 PM ET, 11/24/2011

None hurt after Georgetown building collapse

The collapse happened shortly after 4 p.m. in the 1400 block of Wisconin Avenue NW.

By David Marino-Nachison  |  04:46 PM ET, 11/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  David P. Marino-Nachison, The District, Fires & Fire Safety

Posted at 07:42 AM ET, 11/02/2011

10 years for man after he set fire to Va. city library

Media outlets report that 35-year-old Tyrone Taylor was sentenced Tuesday in Portsmouth Circuit Court.

By the Associated Press  |  07:42 AM ET, 11/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety, From the Courthouse, Virginia

Posted at 07:20 AM ET, 10/31/2011

Woman hurt in Berwyn Heights house fire

Prince George’s County authorities say a woman has been injured in a house fire in Berwyn Heights.

By the Associated Press  |  07:20 AM ET, 10/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety, Pr. George's

Posted at 07:31 AM ET, 10/03/2011

Arson charges for man in Baltimore fire

A 35-year-old man is charged with arson for allegedly setting a fire that destroyed an automobile repair and tire shop in Baltimore last Monday.

By the Associated Press  |  07:31 AM ET, 10/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Baltimore, Fires & Fire Safety

Posted at 07:59 AM ET, 09/22/2011

3 dead in Baltimore fire

Fire officials say a blaze in southwest Baltimore has killed a woman and two children and damaged nearly a dozen homes.

By the Associated Press  |  07:59 AM ET, 09/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Baltimore, Fires & Fire Safety

Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 08/18/2011

Residents return to Silver Spring highrise after fire

Residents in a Silver Spring highrise were allowed back in their apartments early Thursday morning after a fire erupted in the boiler room overnight.

By Allison Klein and Clarence Williams  |  10:03 AM ET, 08/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety, Allison Klein, Clarence Williams, Montgomery

Posted at 07:54 AM ET, 08/18/2011

Md. fire may have been caused by birthday cake fireworks

Officials say a small explosion in a home in Maryland that injured three people may have been caused when fireworks were inadvertently mixed in with birthday candles.

By the Associated Press  |  07:54 AM ET, 08/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety, Maryland

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 08/04/2011

1 child killed in Charles County house fire

The 5-year-old child was pronounced dead following a fire at a home in Bryans Road, a county spokeswoman said.

By Justin Jouvenal  |  11:33 AM ET, 08/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Charles, Fires & Fire Safety

Posted at 08:46 AM ET, 07/18/2011

Fire damages four yachts at Washington Marina

Four boats were destroyed but nobody was injured when a fire broke out at a southeast Washington marina.

By Justin Jouvenal  |  08:46 AM ET, 07/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety, The District

Posted at 07:50 AM ET, 07/15/2011

Fundraiser for staff after Tune Inn bar fire

Friends of a popular Capitol Hill bar damaged by fire are coming together for a fundraiser to benefit the bar’s staff, who are out of work while the bar is repaired.

By the Associated Press  |  07:50 AM ET, 07/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety, The District, Updates

Posted at 07:11 AM ET, 07/15/2011

Authorities probe fire at Holy Cross Hospital

The fire sent smoke into the labor and delivery ward, and several patients were moved to a safe area.

By Associated Press  |  07:11 AM ET, 07/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety, Montgomery

Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 07/08/2011

Attempted murder, arson charges for 2 Md. men

Two Maryland men have been charged with attempted murder and arson in a February fire that forced 11 people from their homes.

By David Marino-Nachison  |  11:52 AM ET, 07/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  David P. Marino-Nachison, Fires & Fire Safety, Howard

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 06/15/2011

Man charged with setting Capitol Heights fires

Maurice McPherson was in an ongoing dispute with his neighbors, and police say that might have driven him to set two homes ablaze Tuesday

By Matt Zapotosky  |  10:04 AM ET, 06/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Matt Zapotosky, Fires & Fire Safety, Pr. George's

Posted at 08:05 AM ET, 06/09/2011

Fire that displaced 60 families ruled accidental

Authorities say a two-alarm fire that displaced 120 residents from a New Carrollton apartment building has been ruled accidental.

By Associated Press  |  08:05 AM ET, 06/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Pr. George's, Fires & Fire Safety

Posted at 08:26 AM ET, 06/02/2011

1 dead, 2 hurt in Frederick fire

Authorities are on the scene of a house fire in Frederick that has killed one person and injured two others, including a firefighter.

By The Associated Press  |  08:26 AM ET, 06/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety, Frederick

Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 05/28/2011

Man dies in Arlington apartment fire

An Arlington County man is dead after a fire broke out in his apartment Thursday night in the 1200 block of North Nash Street, county police said.

By David Nakamura  |  11:57 AM ET, 05/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Arlington, Fires & Fire Safety

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 05/04/2011

Two blown from Rockville-area home

The pair were burned after a large explosion destroyed the home overnight and threw the pair into the backyard, Montgomery County fire officials said.

By Justin Jouvenal  |  11:07 AM ET, 05/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Montgomery, Fires & Fire Safety

Posted at 05:20 PM ET, 04/25/2011

Man killed in Md. fire was retired Howard professor

Montgomery County fire deparment officials on Monday identified the vitim of a Sunday house fire in Potomac as Sung Y. Kwack, 74.

By Dan Morse  |  05:20 PM ET, 04/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Dan Morse, Fires & Fire Safety, Montgomery, Updates

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 04/12/2011

Neighbors rescue dog from Beltsville fire

A handful of neighbors saved a family dog from a large blaze in a Beltsville home Monday, Prince George’s County fire officials said.

By Justin Jouvenal  |  01:35 PM ET, 04/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Animal Stories, Pr. George's, Fires & Fire Safety, Fires & Fire Safety

Posted at 09:03 AM ET, 04/12/2011

Three arrested in Walt Whitman High School arson

Three students at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda have been arrested in connection with an arson incident in which a flammable liquid was thrown through a school window, igniting a blaze, Montgomery County fire officials said.

By Justin Jouvenal  |  09:03 AM ET, 04/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Juvenile Justice, Montgomery, Fires & Fire Safety

Posted at 07:39 AM ET, 04/11/2011

Injured D.C. firefighter released from hospital

One of four firefighters seriously injured while battling a blaze in Northeast last week was released from the hospital on Sunday, D.C. fire officials said.

By Justin Jouvenal  |  07:39 AM ET, 04/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety, The District

Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 03/31/2011

Arson charges for Md. man in fire at his home

A 43-year-old Baltimore man has been charged with arson and related charges after allegedly burning his Pasadena home in April, Anne Arundel County police said Thursday.

By David Marino-Nachison  |  03:40 PM ET, 03/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Anne Arundel, David P. Marino-Nachison, Fires & Fire Safety

Posted at 07:52 AM ET, 03/18/2011

3 Frederick fires believed arson

Frederick officials say three arsons believed to be related have left one person injured and another displaced.

By The Associated Press  |  07:52 AM ET, 03/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety, Frederick

Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 01/01/2011

Fatal fire in Temple Hills

A man has died as a result of a fire Saturday morning in Temple Hills. Officials from the Prince George's County Department of Fire and EMS said the fire occurred at about 5:30 a.m. in the 2700 block of Fairlawn...

By Washington Post editors  |  12:59 PM ET, 01/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety, Fires & Fire Safety

Posted at 05:08 PM ET, 12/13/2010

Manassas fire chief to resign

The first Manassas City fire chief will resign at the end of the year. Fire Chief Michael L. Wood's resignation comes after he spent two years leading a department in which volunteer and career fire and rescue personnel have battled...

By Jennifer Buske  |  05:08 PM ET, 12/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety, Fires & Fire Safety

Posted at 09:32 AM ET, 11/25/2010

Boy, 15, joins Md. fire cadet program

Austin Foertschbeck has always had an interest in fire and rescue services. "I'm an active person that likes to help out in the community," he said. "Fire and rescue is the best of both worlds."...

By The Frederick (Md.) News-Post  |  09:32 AM ET, 11/25/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety, Fires & Fire Safety

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 11/08/2010

Va. home under construction burns down

Firefighters responded

By Ruben Castaneda  |  01:05 PM ET, 11/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety, Fires & Fire Safety, Fires & Fire Safety

Posted at 07:47 AM ET, 11/05/2010

Arson charges for Frederick teen

Fire officials say a 16-year-old has been charged with arson after a fire was set in his Frederick home. Officials say the blaze was reported Wednesday about 5:30 p.m. on Foxhunt Court....

By Frederick (Md.) News-Post  |  07:47 AM ET, 11/05/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety, Fires & Fire Safety, Fires & Fire Safety

Posted at 07:40 AM ET, 11/02/2010

Plea in Anne Arundel arson case

A homeowner has entered an Alford plea to first-degree arson after his home was burned in a fire last year. Fifty-year-old John Teddy Osagie entered the plea, in which he acknowledged that prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him, in...

By Washington Post Editors  |  07:40 AM ET, 11/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety, Fires & Fire Safety, Fires & Fire Safety

Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 11/01/2010

Speed camera torched in Gaithersburg

There is burning through a red light and then there is burning the speed camera. The Montgomery County Fire Marshal is investigating the intentional burning of a county speed camera at about 2:30 a.m. Monday on Quince Orchard Road and...

By Mary Pat Flaherty  |  10:10 AM ET, 11/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety, Fires & Fire Safety, Fires & Fire Safety

Posted at 07:43 AM ET, 10/26/2010

Dog alerts owner to Md. house fire

Fire officials say a dog alerted a homeowner to a fire in their house in Hagerstown. It happened Sunday afternoon. Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co. Chief Buck Fraley says the dog was lying on the homeowner's lap when it jumped down,...

By Washington Post Editors  |  07:43 AM ET, 10/26/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety, Fires & Fire Safety, Fires & Fire Safety

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 10/21/2010

Va. fire kills two children

Frederick County, Va., authorities are investigating a house fire that killed two children and injured their grandmother. The Winchester Star reports that 3-year-old Cameron McKenzie and his 4-year-old cousin, Madison Park, died from injuries suffered in the fire, which...

By Washington Post Editors  |  10:45 AM ET, 10/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety, Fires & Fire Safety

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 10/12/2010

Naked firefighter disciplined

A District firefighter who was photographed cooking eggs while naked in the Columbia Heights firehouse following a July retirement event for a fellow firefighter has been place on leave while an internal affairs investigation continues, department spokesman Pete Piringer said...

By Mary Pat Flaherty  |  04:40 PM ET, 10/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety, Fires & Fire Safety, Fires & Fire Safety, Fires & Fire Safety

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 09/08/2010

Murder charges after Md. death, fire

Howard County police say they have charged a man with killing his ex-wife and setting her apartment on fire. Police said Wednesday that they have charged 34-year-old Damon Willie White with murder and arson....

By Washington Post Editors  |  01:02 PM ET, 09/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety, Fires & Fire Safety, Fires & Fire Safety

Posted at 01:20 PM ET, 09/02/2010

Fire at Phillips, art being moved

UPDATE: There was no major damage to the collection, according to museum spokeswoman Cecilia Wagner, and nobody was injured in the fire. “All artwork is safe and secure," she said in a statement. "Museum conservators are currently evaluating the artwork,...

By Mary Pat Flaherty  |  01:20 PM ET, 09/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety, Fires & Fire Safety, Fires & Fire Safety, Fires & Fire Safety

Posted at 07:53 AM ET, 07/29/2010

Funerals for Va. firefighters Friday

More than 1,000 mourners are expected to attend the funerals for two Rocky Mount, Va., volunteer firefighters who were killed in a traffic accident while responding to a call. Funerals for 59-year-old Rocky Mount Fire Chief Posey Dillon and 67-year-old...

By Washington Post Editors  |  07:53 AM ET, 07/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety, Fires & Fire Safety

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 05/27/2010

Fire at D.C. Eastern Market caused by electrical issues, report says

The 2007 fire that destroyed the District's historic Eastern Market was caused by electrical issues, according to a final report the D.C. Fire/EMS released Thursday. An electrical cause was ruled out early on by federal investigators, but D.C. Fire Chief...

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  04:00 PM ET, 05/27/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety, Fires & Fire Safety, Fires & Fire Safety

Posted at 01:43 PM ET, 05/25/2010

Fire officials issue photographic BBQ safety 'warning'

Montgomery County fire officials released photographs Tuesday to remind people to grill carefully over the Memorial Day weekend....

By Washington Post Editors  |  01:43 PM ET, 05/25/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety, Fires & Fire Safety, Fires & Fire Safety

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 05/19/2010

D.C. paramedics, EMTs honored in kick-off to 'EMS Week'

D.C. Fire/EMS honored nearly 50 firefighters, paramedics and EMTs for saving lives in medical emergencies in a ceremony Tuesday that served as a kick-off to Emergency Medical Services Week. The ceremony, which took place at the Hattie Holmes Wellness Senior...

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  08:02 AM ET, 05/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety, Fires & Fire Safety, Fires & Fire Safety, Fires & Fire Safety

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 05/07/2010

Man charged with arson after $100K D.C. house blaze

D.C. fire investigators arrested and charged a man with arson Friday morning after he allegedly set fire to a Southeast Washington home. Firefighters were called to the 3000 block of 30th St. SE for a report of a one-story house...

By Washington Post Editors  |  10:15 AM ET, 05/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety, Fires & Fire Safety, Fires & Fire Safety

Posted at 08:08 AM ET, 04/09/2010

Jailtime for former Md. volunteer firefighter for arson role

A former volunteer firefighter has been sentenced to 18 months in jail for his role in a house fire in Mardela Springs, Md. Twenty-two-year-old Kyle James Bradley was sentenced on Thursday. He pleaded guilty last month to conspiracy to commit...

By Washington Post Editors  |  08:08 AM ET, 04/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety, Fires & Fire Safety, Fires & Fire Safety

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 03/25/2010

D.C. firefighter on leave after abuse charges

A veteran D.C. firefighter is on leave after he was charged with sexually abusing a relative. Michael J. Rasmussen, 51, of La Plata, was charged on March 6 with second-degree child abuse and two sex offenses. According to court papers,...

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  04:40 PM ET, 03/25/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety, Fires & Fire Safety, Fires & Fire Safety

Posted at 03:12 PM ET, 03/23/2010

Pr. George's to retrain, buy new equipment after federal report on explosion that injured firefighters

When Prince George's County firefighters first came on the scene of a gas-leak-turned-explosion at the Penn Mar Shopping Center in May, they had all the right policies and procedures on the books to tell them how to respond. Problem was,...

By Matt Zapotosky  |  03:12 PM ET, 03/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety, Fires & Fire Safety, Fires & Fire Safety, Fires & Fire Safety

Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 03/15/2010

Rockville volunteer firefighters reinstated

Seven members of a Rockville volunteer fire department have been reinstated after being suspended last week for entering the community room of a Rockville apartment complex, the department said. The department said that the volunteers were off duty and that...

By Washington Post Editors  |  09:15 AM ET, 03/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety, Fires & Fire Safety, Fires & Fire Safety, Fires & Fire Safety

Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 03/08/2010

Improperly discarded cigarette leads to Falls Church fire

A man was seriously injured in a weekend fire in Falls Church that was started by an improperly discarded cigarette, Fairfax County fire officials said Monday. Firefighters were called to the blaze, at a home in the 7200 block of...

By Maria Glod  |  10:12 AM ET, 03/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety, Fires & Fire Safety, Fires & Fire Safety, Fires & Fire Safety

Posted at 07:55 AM ET, 02/17/2010

Man dies in East Capitol St. house fire

A man is dead after a fire broke out in a home in southeast Washington, according to a D.C. fire official. Fire department spokesman Pete Piringer says the fire broke out around 5:15 a.m. Wednesday at the home in the...

By Washington Post Editors  |  07:55 AM ET, 02/17/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety, Fires & Fire Safety

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 01/07/2010

Firefighters save five (and a dog) from Frederick blaze

Five people and a dog are safe in Frederick after firefighters rescued them from the third-floor balconies of a blazing apartment building. Frederick County Chief Fire Marshal Marc McNeal says the fire was started by a candle that ignited an...

By Washington Post Editors  |  11:58 AM ET, 01/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety, Fires & Fire Safety

Posted at 02:23 PM ET, 12/02/2009

D.C. Fire/EMS Medical Director Resigns

James J. Augustine, the medical director of D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services, who helped steer reforms after the controversial death of a New York Times reporter, will leave his post at the end of the year. In a statement...

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  02:23 PM ET, 12/02/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety, Fires & Fire Safety, Fires & Fire Safety

Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 12/01/2009

Parked car caused $350,000 house fire

A malfunction in the engine compartment of a car parked in a garage caused Sunday night's fire on Prima Way in Prince George's County, authorities said today. Investigators ruled the fire accidental and raised the damage estimate to by $100,000...

By Washington Post Editors  |  02:11 PM ET, 12/01/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety, Fires & Fire Safety, Fires & Fire Safety

Posted at 08:32 AM ET, 11/25/2009

Checking D.C.'s fire hydrants

NBC4 has a video that details the process used to check the status of D.C.'s thousands of fire hydrants. The report says 250 are checked each day. View more news videos at: http://www.nbcwashington.com/video. You can also see it on the...

By Washington Post Editors  |  08:32 AM ET, 11/25/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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