CHAPEL OAKS – A woman is in critical condition with life-threatening injuries after she was rescued by firefighters from a basement fire Sunday morning.
The fire was reported shortly after 11:30 a.m. in the 700 block of Eastern Avenue, near the Prince George’s County-Washington, D.C. border.
Upon arrival, firefighters encountered heavy smoke coming from the basement of the one-story house with a report of a person trapped in the basement.
Firefighters from the Prince George's County Fire Department Fire/EMS station 838 quickly conducted a search of the basement and found a woman suffering from severe burns and inhaled smoke. She was transported to the Washington MedStar Burn center.
A county firefighter was also transported to the burn center suffering minor burns. He was treated and released.
Prince George's County Fire Department spokesperson Mark Brady said it took fire crews about 20 minutes to bring the fire under control. Fire Investigators were called to the scene and during their investigation they determined the house did not have any working smoke alarms.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but investigators believe the fire started in the basement and extended to the first floor causing extensive damage to the house.