LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Two Temple Hills homes went up in flames within two hours of each other on Thursday, leaving one woman in critical condition and displacing an elderly couple.
Prince George’s County Fire and Rescue Services responded to a call just before 11 a.m. for a fire in a single-family home on the corner of Everest Drive and 29th Avenue in Temple Hills.
Firefighters extinguished the fire in about 15 minutes and entered the house to find a woman in her 60s unconscious and not breathing, fire officials said. The woman was removed from the house and paramedics treated her on the scene before transporting her to a nearby hospital where she is in critical condition.
No other injuries were reported.
Fire investigators believe the fire started in a first-floor bedroom and the cause of the fire still is under investigation. Damages are estimated at $75,000.
Fire and rescue officials then responded to a call about 12:15 p.m. for a fire in the basement of a one-story home in the 2800 block of Curtis Drive in Temple Hills. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire in about 15 minutes and no injuries were reported.
Fire investigators believe an electric space heater caused the fire after being left on and unattended as the home’s occupants, a husband and wife in their 80s, left the house to run errands. The couple will be assisted by the County Citizen Services Unit and the American Red Cross.
Fire loss damage is estimated at $75,000.
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