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Photo by Jim Davis. Prince George's County Fire Department investigators are trying to determine the cause of a fatal house in  Mount Rainier Fire Tuesday night.

Photo by Jim Davis. Prince George's County Fire Department investigators are trying to determine the cause of a fatal house in Mount Rainier Fire Tuesday night.

Published on: Wednesday, July 03, 2013

By Jim Davis

A Mount Rainier man died and a volunteer firefighter was burned after a fire erupted Tuesday night at the man’s home in Mount Rainier.

The man was trapped on the top floor of a three-story house in the 3700 block of 36th Street, fire officials said. The fire was reported just after 9 p.m., and arriving firefighters reported heavy fire coming from the top floor.

“I heard the smoke alarm going off. When I went to see what was going on, I smelled smoke and called out to the homeowner,” said Jameela Simmons, who lived in a basement apartment at the house. “He said the house was on fire and (he) was trapped and for me to get out.”

Firefighters worked to extinguish the flames as another group of firefighters located the homeowner, unconscious and not breathing. He was quickly taken outside, where paramedics pronounced him dead, PGFD spokesman Mark Brady said.

One firefighter was taken to the Burn Center at MedStar Washington Hospital Center for minor burns on his upper body. He was treated and released, Brady said.

Firefighters controlled the blaze 15 minutes after arriving.

No other injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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