Crews blame cold weather for string of fires

One man was critically burned over the holiday weekend while refueling a kerosene heater indoors

By Meredith Somers
The Washington Times

WASHINGTON — Prince George's County fire officials are blaming the drop in temperatures for a series of fires that forced several families from their homes and critically burned one man over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Between Saturday and Sunday evening, county firefighters responded to six separate emergencies - all involving fires or faulty heating equipment. On Sunday alone, three fires were reported before 12:30 p.m., one them reported to county Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor as he handled news media questions while standing in front of a charred duplex in Chillum.

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