LANDOVER HILLS, Md. (FOX 5 DC) - An early morning two-alarm blaze that swept through an apartment complex in Prince George's County left three firefighters injured and sent worry through the community after a family, believed to have been living on the top floor of the building, was temporarily left unaccounted for.
The fire was reported around 3:30 a.m. on Warner Avenue in Landover Hills. Mark Brady, spokesman for Prince George's County Fire and EMS, says part of exterior walls of the three-story building collapsed during the fire. He said three firefighters suffered burns battling and were transported with injuries. Brady said one residents was hospitalized for smoke inhalation.
Brady said all occupants are accounted for. Earlier this morning, officials expressed concern after a family thought to have been living in an apartment unit inside the building was unaccounted for. FOX 5’s Melanie Alnwick has since confirmed that fire officials now know where that family is.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
#UPDATE from @PGFDPIO: 3 firefighters now being treated for burns at @MedStarWHC ; all will be ok. High level of confidence that family of 4 from upper apt has been accounted for. @fox5dc pic.twitter.com/qFg8WtT9aT— Melanie Alnwick (@fox5melanie) April 23, 2019
Fire dispatch around 3:30 am. Fire was declared extinguished with hot spots 1 hour later. #PGFD. No civilian injuries reported at this point.— Mark Brady (@PGFDPIO) April 23, 2019
U/D Warner Avenue 3-story Garden style apt bldg. Fire from terrace level and through flat roof. 2nd Alarm. Partial collapse of exterior walls on rear side. 2 FF’s w/burn injuries TX to Burn Unit - OK condition. 22 occupants accounted for - still trying to account for family of 4— Mark Brady (@PGFDPIO) April 23, 2019
Verona Apartments resident shared video of this morning’s fire with @fox5dc. Said he heard a series of booms. This is the corner where @PGFDPIO says 1 family is unaccounted for. 2 FF injured from floor collapse - will be ok. pic.twitter.com/dzze9s6Jv0— Melanie Alnwick (@fox5melanie) April 23, 2019