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Riverdale Arson Fire

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930 We are asking for the community‘s involvement and assistance in helping to identify the person(s) responsible for setting these fires. If you have information about either of these incidents, call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). You may also send your tips, SECURELY and ANONYMOUSLY, via TEXT MESSAGE […]

PRESS CONFERENCE: Riverdale Fire Cause and Origin – Update on Injured Firefighters

Media Contact: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930 Prince George’s County Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor will announce the cause and origin of the Riverdale fire that injured seven firefighters on Friday night.  He will be joined by allied public safety agencies that are assisting in the investigation. Fire Chief Bashoor will also bring everyone […]

UPDATE – Firefighters Remain Hospitalized – Two in Critical Condition

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930, Two Firefighters Remain in Critical Condition Three firefighters remain hospitalized at the Washington Hospital Center after sustaining injuries battling a house fire in Riverdale on Friday evening.  Four other firefighters were treated and released overnight for their injuries. Bladensburg Volunteer Fire Fighter Ethan Sorrell, 21 years […]

Seven Firefighters Injured Battling Riverdale House Fire

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MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930 Seven Prince George’s County Firefighters were injured as they battled a house fire in Riverdale.  At about 9:11 pm, Friday, February 24, firefighters were alerted to a house fire in the 6400 block of 57th Avenue.  The engine from Riverdale and the truck from Bladensburg were the […]

Felony Arrest for Arson in Riverdale Fire

Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930 A Bladensburg man, a former Riverdale volunteer firefighter, was arrested today and is being charged with First Degree Arson to a dwelling in Riverdale. Gerard McBurnie Dixon Jr. is charged with maliciously setting a fire to a dwelling at 4504 Kennedy Street in Riverdale on June 29, 2008. On […]

Riverdale Volunteer Chief Remains Critical – DCFD Press Release and Statement from Riverdale VFD Included

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Fire Chief Charles “Chucky” Ryan of the Riverdale Volunteer Fire Department was critically injured while battling a house fire while working as a firefighter with the District of Columbia Fire Department (DCFD) on Friday, April 8, 2011 (DCFD Press Release is below).  As of this morning he remains listed in “critical” condition. Ryan has been […]


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MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930, Santa Claus came into town a little bit early and was joined by his wife and elves as they double-checked their naughty or nice list.  Fortunately, Acting Prince George’s County Fire Chief Marc Bashoor, Riverdale Park Police Chief Teresa Chambers and volunteers from the Riverdale Fire Department […]

States Attorney Announces Indictments for Arson

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Prince George’s County Fire Chief Eugene A. Jones addresses media at a press conference held at the County Courthouse in Upper Marlboro. States Attorney Glenn F. Ivey had called the press conference to announce the indictment of two former volunteer firefighters. James Martinez of Damascus, Maryland Jerome Engle of Bowie, Maryland MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. […]

Vacant Warehouse Fire in Riverdale

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On Friday, September 25, 2009, at about 6:00 PM, Firefighters from the Riverdale area were alerted to a building fire. Fire/EMS units arrived at a large vacant warehouse with fire and smoke showing. The warehouse was the former Lustine Collision Center, 4510 Longfellow Street, which has been shuttered for some time waiting redevelopment. The bulk […]

Second Child Dies From Riverdale Fire

The Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department has been advised that a second victim has died from injuries sustained in an apartment fire that occurred on Friday, July 17, 2009. Sadly, after valiant efforts by firefighters, paramedics and hospital staff the 7-year-old male passed away on Sunday, July 19, 2009, at Children’s Hospital in Washington, DC. […]

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