Historic Md. home destroyed by fire, Riverdale Fire Department battles multiple house fires in 24 hours

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RIVERDALE, Md. – According to a report from the Maryland State Fire Marshal, ten people died in Prince George’s County house fires in 2016.  Most recently, in 2017, on March 5, a mother of two died in a Capitol Heights house fire.

This weekend, was another busy weekend for Prince George’s County fire departments.  The volunteer Riverdale Fire Department said they responded to three working house fires in 24 hours.

A Bladensburg man was in critical condition and crews worked to repair a home on Decatur Road, after the Prince George’s County Fire Department says an early Sunday morning fire tore through the basement.

Less than 12 hours earlier, in Riverdale, about a mile and a half down the road, fire fighters were called to a working fire at a historic house, Saturday night.

Cell phone video provided by the Riverdale Fire Department showed how quickly flames engulfed the historic home at the corner of Oliver Street and 48th Avenue.

Friends of the family told DCW50, no one was home when the fire started, but the family dog died in the fire.

Sunday, dozens of people stopped by to give their condolences and see the damage.

The now charred shell of house was once home to former mayors and has been a staple in the community since the early 1900s.

*All cell phone video of working house fire courtesy of The Riverdale Fire Department

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