Fire injures 4 and displaces dozens in Prince George’s Co.; police investigate shootings, stabbings

The fire occurred at a three-story, garden style apartment building at 3933 Warner Ave. in Landover Hills. (Courtesy NBC Washington)
Firefighters were forced to abandon their initial search of the building with its two top floors collapsed. (Courtesy PGFD/Mark Brady)
Footage broadcast by NBC Washington showed fire engulfing multiple units on a northern corner of the building. (Courtesy NBC Washington)
(Courtesy NBC Washington)
The fire occurred at a three-story, garden style apartment building at 3933 Warner Ave. in Landover Hills. (Courtesy PGFD/Mark Brady)
The Landover Hills fire burned for about an hour early Tuesday morning. 26 people were accounted for, and fire officials believed all occupants escaped to safety. (Courtesy PGFD/Mark Brady)

Law enforcement and fire officials were busy in Prince George’s County, Maryland, where a large fire, double shooting and double stabbing all occurred within miles of each other from Monday night into Tuesday morning.

Two people were shot, two others stabbed and dozens of families were forced from their homes by an apartment fire raging in the Landover area on the same night.

Landover Hills apartment partially collapses in two-alarm fire

A two-alarm inferno burned through a Landover Hills apartment complex early Tuesday morning, displacing the building’s residents and causing a partial collapse.

Crews responded to a fire at a three-story, garden-style apartment building at 3933 Warner Ave. in Landover Hills, Prince George’s County Fire and EMS spokesman Mark Brady said.

Footage broadcast by WTOP’s news partners at NBC Washington showed fire engulfing multiple units on a northern corner of the building. The fire broke out around 3:30 a.m., and was declared extinguished one hour later.

A third floor resident told WTOP’s Melissa Howell he woke up to thick smoke in his apartment, and had to scale down from the balcony with his wife and child after the fire overwhelmed the stairwell.

“The fire is coming, if we stay, we’ll die,” he recalled telling his wife, clutching his 9-month-old baby as neighbors attempted to help from below.

Twenty-six occupants were accounted for, Brady said, including a family of four previously feared missing. “PGFD is confident all occupants escaped the blaze safely,” the agency tweeted.

Red Cross volunteers were dispatched to assist displaced residents.

Though an investigation was ongoing Tuesday morning into the cause of the fire, Brady said a door left open in the apartment where it began may have contributed to its rapid spread by allowing smoke and flames to spread up the interior stairwell.

With the stairwell inaccessible, residents of upper floors had no choice but to find other escape routes.

“They retreated to their balconies and either jumped, or got down somehow to safety outside,” Brady said.

Three firefighters were transported to an area hospital with minor burns. One resident was also taken to be treated for smoke inhalation.

The Landover Hills fire came a day after another apartment blaze left one person dead and two buildings uninhabitable in Centreville, Virginia, displacing 30 residents.

4 injured in violent night across Prince George’s County

Four people were injured across two incidents only minutes apart in Landover on Monday evening.

Prince George’s County police said two people were shot near the Landover Metro station around 9 p.m. Monday.

Minutes later, two others were stabbed only a few miles away in the Woodlawn neighborhood of Landover Hills.

It remained unclear how serious the four injuries were.

Below is a map of all three incidents:

WTOP’s Melissa Howell reported from Landover Hills, Maryland. WTOP’s Teddy Gelman also contributed to this report.

Alejandro Alvarez

Alejandro Alvarez joined WTOP as a digital journalist and editor in June 2018. He is a reporter and photographer focusing on politics, political activism and international affairs.

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