Fire at Palco place (Source: PGFD Chief)

A major fire broke out around 5 am this morning at a house on the 5200 block of Palco Place in the Sunnyside neighborhood. I was on the scene this morning and spoke with Mark Brady of the Prince George’s Police’s Public relation department. A few minutes ago, he told me that a male person was confirmed dead. The police is going to confirm the identity of the deceased after an autopsy is conducted. I’ll keep you posted as we learn more.

An 80-year-old woman in the home was able to get out of the house. She was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation and was in serious condition as of Sunday morning. An elderly person is still missing from the house.

Nearly 100 firefighters were involved in the incident. The entire Palco Place and some major part of Paducah Rd. were blocked by fire trucks, and police vehicles.

I met with a couple of residents there and found them visibly shocked. The residents at the house moved there in early 60’s. Many of the neighbors around the house moved there around the same time.

I am still waiting to know the cause of this unfortunate fire incident, but the fire fighters told me they found excessive amount of materials (mostly documents in boxes) inside the house which  prevented them to move inside the house and operate there quickly. This is certainly a good lesson for us to take. It might be better to sell instead of rebuilding a house after a fire.

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Here are a few pictures from the incident that I took this morning. Fire Cheif Marc Bashoor tweeted these pictures early in the morning. The Prince George’s Fire Department has posted a short clip of the  incident here.