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Arson Suspected In Riverdale Blaze That Injured Seven Firefighters

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Scene at Riverdale fire (Credit: PGFD)

Scene at Riverdale fire (Credit: PGFD)

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RIVERDALE, Md. (CBSDC) — Authorities say a fire that injured seven firefighters in Riverdale last Friday was intentionally set.

Following a complete and thorough joint investigation, authorities determined arson to be the cause of fire, which began in the basement of the home at 6404 57th Avenue.

A previously unreported fire at a residence next door is also being investigated.

Prince George’s County Fire Chief Marc. S. Bashoor said no stone would be left unturned as they continue to look into the fires.

“Every resource available to us will be used to find the person(s) responsible for setting this fire,” said Bashoor. “Once the responsible person(s) have been identified, we will work with the State’s Attorney to ensure they are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

In addition to charges related to the arson, criminal charges stemming from the injuries to firefighters may also be filed if a suspect is apprehended.

Authorities are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.

Firefighter Kevin O’Toole remains hospitalized in critical but stable condition. He is undergoing skin graph surgeries and other procedures.

O’Toole may remain in the burn unit for up to six weeks.

All others injured in the fire have been released from the hospital.

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