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Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 01/24/2011

Man killed in Oxon Hill house fire

By Matt Zapotosky
Matt Zapotosky

A man was killed and his caregiver seriously injured after a fire broke out in the man's split-level Oxon Hill home Monday morning, authorities said.

Firefighters were dispatched to the home in the 300 block of Corla Drive at about 8:15 a.m. for the report of a fire with someone possibly trapped inside, said Mark Brady, a spokesman for the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department.

They arrived to find heavy fire showing from the home, though after an initial search, they could not find the occupant who was reportedly trapped, Brady said.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze in about 20 minutes, Brady said. During a more thorough search, they found a man dead among debris in the basement where the fire is believed to have started, said Brady.

A woman who was the man's caregiver escaped the blaze with serious injuries, including smoke inhalation and a possible broken leg, Brady said. He said it remains unclear why the man needed a caregiver.

Firefighters initially encountered low water pressure at the hydrants near the scene, a possible consequence of a water main break in the county earlier, Brady said. He said commanders had anticipated problems from the break and had dispatched a 2,000-gallon tanker to the fire.

"It did not create any impact whatsoever on the extinguishing of this fire," Brady said of the low water pressure.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, Brady said.

By Matt Zapotosky  | January 24, 2011; 11:04 AM ET
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety, Matt Zapotosky, Pr. George's  
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