Local digest: Three firefighters hurt in Prince George’s blaze

November 9, 2013
MARYLAND
3 firefighters hurt in Pr. George’s blaze

Three Prince George’s County firefighters were injured in a two-alarm fire that ripped through a house in Forestville on Saturday morning, a department spokesman said.

The fire, in a Cape Cod-style house in the 2900 block of Walters Lane, between Marlboro Pike and Pennsylvania Avenue, was first reported about 7:45 a.m. The injured firefighters were taken to the burn unit at MedStar Washington Hospital Center with injuries to their arms, wrists and ears.

Mark E. Brady, a spokesman for the Prince George’s fire department, said two of the firefighters were treated at the hospital and released. A third remained with possible burns to his airway, he said.

Firefighters had initially been unable to find the occupants. Brady said a neighbor had seen the smoke, gotten them out safely and gave them a place to stay. Brady said one of the occupants, an 88-year-old, was taken to a hospital for observation. The other two occupants are adults.

Brady said most of the flames in the 4,200-square-foot home were out by 9:40 a.m. He said the house has a large two-story addition built on the back, which he said is where the fire rapidly spread.

Firefighters had been ordered to evacuate the burning structure because it was deemed too dangerous, and water had been directed onto the house from the outside. The cause of the fire had not been determined.

— Peter Hermann

Teen fatally struck by state trooper

A Maryland State Police trooper struck two teenage brothers — one fatally — with his cruiser as they tried to cross a road on the Eastern Shore on Friday night, authorities said.

Tymeir D. Dennis, 16, of Berlin, was pronounced dead at Atlantic General Hospital, police said. His brother, also a teenager, was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore with critical injuries, according to police.

State police said in a statement that Trooper Nicholas Hager, 21, who has been on the force one year, was driving an unmarked patrol car north on U.S. 113, known as Worcester Highway, near Bay Street, just south of U.S. 50. Police said the youths tried to cross U.S. 113 from east to west and “ran directly into the path of the approaching patrol car.”

Police said the trooper, who is assigned to Berlin Barracks, also was injured and was taken to Atlantic General Hospital.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation. Police said they had not determined how fast the trooper was driving.

— Peter Hermann

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