A 65-year-old man collapsed and died after he and his wife escaped their burning Lewisdale home Sunday night.
Prince George’s County firefighters arrived to a two-story duplex home in the 6600 block of 24th Place around 10 p.m. when they discovered a small basement fire.
Mark Brady, chief spokesman of the county fire/EMS department, said the husband and wife made it out of the home safely, though the husband appeared to be having trouble breathing and said he had chest pains.
Prior to the man’s collapse, he alerted firefighters of his three dogs and three cats still inside, Brady said. Those pets were all located in good condition as paramedics tended to the man, Brady said.
Paramedics were preparing to transport him to a nearby hospital when he suffered a cardiac arrest. Responders began performing CPR on the man in attempt to resuscitate him while traveling to the hospital, though he was pronounced dead shortly after arriving, Brady said.
Damages from the fire are estimated at $10,000 and the cause is still being investigated, he said.
The man’s identity has not yet been released and the chief medical examiner’s office will determine his cause of death.