The Blotter: Firefighters burned; boy critical after crash

Local,Crime,Scott McCabe,Naomi Jagoda

3 firefighters burned in Temple Hills

Three firefighters were burned while battling a house fire in Temple Hills, Prince George's County fire officials said.

Shortly before 3 a.m. Wednesday, firefighters went to the 2900 block of Colebrooke Drive and found a single-family home with heavy smoke coming from the basement. Some firefighters made their way into the basement to extinguish the flames, and three firefighters positioned themselves at the top of a stairwell to prevent the fire from spreading from the basement to the first floor.

The three firefighters who were at the top of the steps sustained minor burns and were taken to the burn unit at a hospital. The eight adults and five children who occupied the house made it out of the residence safely and were not injured.

Investigators have determined that the fire was accidental and caused by a malfunctioning dehumidifier.

Boy, 7, critical after alcohol-related crash

A 7-year-old boy was critically injured in a motor vehicle crash in Anne Arundel County, police said.

About 10 p.m. Tuesday, a 1997 Acura struck a parked, 2005 Ford Rollback Tow Truck on Casuarina Way near Spring Meadow Way in Odenton, Anne Arundel County police said. The boy, a front-seat passenger in the Acura, sustained severe head trauma and was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

The Acura's driver, a 30-year-old woman, was not injured. Preliminary information suggests alcohol and driver fatigue contributed to the crash, police said.

- Naomi Jagoda

View article comments Leave a comment