5 blazes keep firefighters busy in Prince George's County


A series of early morning fires yesterday in Prince George's County kept firefighters busy on Christmas.

Five suspicious fires burned in the Bowie area, four destroying cars, said Mark Brady, Prince George's County Fire Department spokesman.

The blazes are suspected to be the work of one or more arsonists.

Firefighters responded about 5: 30 a.m to extinguish the first automobile fire at Bosworth and Brunswick lanes in Bowie.

Less then 20 minutes later, firefighters were battling another car fire a few miles away on Bermuda Lane in Bowie. By 6: 15 a.m, they had put out two additional nearby car fires.

"We are still investigating the cause of these fires," said Brady, who did not release damage estimates.

Firefighters also battled a fire at P & W Lubricants, a factory that sells and stores oil and grease in the 6400 block of Dowerhouse Road in Forestville.

More than 60 firefighters responded to a call that came in at 5: 24 a.m. They brought the fire under control by 6 a.m.

A firefighter, whose name was not released, was transported to Prince George's Hospital Center with an injured leg after he fell from a ladder.

Maryland Hazardous Material officials spent much of the day cleaning up the petroleum products that were released during the fire.

No one has been arrested in connection with any of yesterday's fires.

Pub Date: 12/26/98

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