Video, Audio: Adult and Two Children Dead in Maryland House Fire

Glenarden blaze claims a father and two daughters
First arriving firefighters reported fire showing and people trapped. (PGFD Chief Marc Bashoor photo)
Published Thursday, February 21, 2013

LANDOVER, Md. (WJLA) - An adult and two children died early Thursday morning when a fire broke out at their Glenarden home, fire officials say.

Audio: Box 33-15, Reports of People Trapped

Prince George's County Fire officials say that six people - a mother, father and four daughters  - were inside the house in the 8600 block of Leslie Avenue when flames broke out at about 4 a.m. Out of the six, the father, 36, and two of the daughters, ages 8 and 4, died.

"We have found no indication of a smoke detector in the home. That fact is very sad for me and frustrating," said Fire Chief Marc Bashoor.

When firefighters arrived, they removed the father and three children, aged 3, 8 and 11, from the home. None of them were breathing and three died; however, medics were able to revive an 11-year-old girl. The mother and an 8-year-old child were able to escape the house.

The mother and the child who escaped are expected to survive, but the 11-year-old remains in critical condition.

William Shorter says he's the girls grandfather.

"My grandkids are gone. What am I supposed to say?," Shorter lamented. "I just had 'em with me Saturday, and they gone."

Prince George's County Spokesman Mark Brady has characterized the fire as "a very tragic incident." Accelerant detection dogs were dispatched to the scene as part of an investigation into the cause of the fire, but authorities say they don't suspect foul play. The likely cause is an electrical failure.

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Video, Audio: Adult and Two Children Dead in Maryland House Fire

Glenarden blaze claims a father and two daughters
First arriving firefighters reported fire showing and people trapped. (PGFD Chief Marc Bashoor photo)

Three Dead in Maryland House Fire


Glenarden blaze claims an adult and two children.