Cause undetermined in $200K Pr. George’s Co. apt. complex fire

WASHINGTON — The families displaced when fire ripped through their Prince George’s County apartment building Tuesday morning will get a little holiday help this weekend.

The Prince George’s County Fire Department, the American Red Cross, Toys for Tots and Fire Chiefs Community Advisory Council will provide toys to the 12 children who lived in the Carriage Hill apartments, while the adults receive gift cards, according to fire spokesman Mark Brady.

The donations will be given out at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Silver Hill Fire Station.

The fire in the 3300 block of Curtis Drive caused $200,000 in damage and spread quickly, with parents tossing their children from balconies to save their lives, witnesses told WTOP the morning of the blaze.

Brady, in an email, said the cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

Firefighters discovered fire on two floors of the garden-style apartment building and it ripped through the roof before jumping to a second building.



Colleen Kelleher

Colleen Kelleher is an award-winning journalist who has been with WTOP since 1996. Kelleher joined WTOP as the afternoon radio writer and night and weekend editor and made the move to in 2001. Now she works early mornings as the site's Senior Digital Editor.

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