Maryland Firefighter Serious After Battling Blaze

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FORESTVILLE, Md.-- Prince George's County Fire investigators now say a body has been found in the rubble of a burned out apartment building in Forestville.

According to Prince George's County Fire/EMS Chief Spokesman Marky Brady, the body of a 43-year-old man was discovered in his terrace level apartment about 10 hours after the fire was discovered. Fire investigators are now working with police homicide detectives to find the cause of the blaze.

A firefighter is in serious condition after being burned during the overnight fire. Mark Brady says the 26-year-old firefighter suffered respiratory burns about the same time crews were ordered out of the burning apartment building on Donnell Place.

The injured firefighter is being treated at the Burn Unit of the Washington Hospital Center.

The injured firefighter and another firefighter called by radio that they were in trouble. According to Brady, they were able to get themselves to safety.

The fire broke out just after midnight in a terrace level unit at the Holly Hill Condominiums. Another resident suffered an ankle injury.

The fire spread from the ground floor to the roof of the four story building. Three alarms were sounded to bring in enough firefighters and equipment to battle the blaze.

The injured firefighter is a career member of the Prince George's Fire/EMS Department. He is assigned to the Morningside station and has been on the job for three years.

Mark Brady says the burned firefighter's fiance was working the 911 Center at the time of the fire. When she realized who the injured firefighter was, police escorted her to the Washington Hospital Center.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Republished with permission of WUSA-TV.

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