The digital world is truly amazing. Around 8:45 this morning Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department went on the scene at 5925 Cherrywood Terrace in Empirian Village (formerly Springhill Lake). Within an hour this video was posted by a neighbor showing the early stages of the fire.
Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department Chief Spokesman Mark Brady reports the first firefighters on the scene were met with multiple residents on the balconies. Two of them, a man and woman in their 20s, removed by firefighters, were seriously burned and have been taken to the local burn unit. Brady reports both had burns to the upper body and respiratory tract. Four others taken from the balconies were not hurt.
According to Brady, a family of four six also jumped from a balcony. The mother and father were not hurt, but the four children ranging in age from three to 14 were taken to a local hospital for treatment.
One firefighter suffered burns to the ears and has been taken to the burn unit. The firefighter is reported in good condition and is expected to be treated and released.
An hour into the fire a mother and son, who had jumped from a balcony and went to a friend’s apartment, complained of injuries. They were also taken to the hospital.
Brady reports the fire started in a second floor unit of the three-story, garden-style apartment building (three-stories front and rear). Brady says there were two attached buildings with 28 apartment units that have been impacted by the fire.
While the initial companies had water, Brady said there was a hydrant issue for a later arriving engine. Brady did not believe it impacted the fire’s outcome. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Damage is estimated at $750,000.