Firefighter Injured in Riverdale Arson Still in ICU

Six others injured in February fire

By Matthew Stabley
|  Friday, Mar 16, 2012  |  Updated 10:25 PM EDT
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Firefighter Injured in Riverdale Arson Still in ICU

Prince George's County Fire Department

Firefighter Kevin O'Toole

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One of seven firefighters injured battling an arson in Riverdale, Md., last month remains in the burn ICU at Washington Hospital Center, his father said.

Kevin O’Toole, 22, suffered burns over 50 percent of his body in the Feb. 24 fire.

“He had his fifth surgery yesterday,” his father, Jeff O’Toole, wrote in an email to the Prince George’s County Fire Department Friday morning. “His rehab is going well, on good days he is able to walk laps around the unit. We all appreciate the continued support shown the past three weeks which help keep Kevin's spirits up during the long road ahead."

The firefighters were injured when a rush of air caused a fireball in a single-story, single-family home in the 6400 block of 57th Street. The other six injured firefighters were treated and released last month.

Authorities believe the fire could be related to another arson on the street in recent weeks.

Anyone with information about the fires should call Crime Solvers at 866-411-TIPS (8477) or submit tips online. You can also text an anonymous tip by texting “PGPD” plus your message to CRIMES (274637). Or contact the Prince George’s County Arson Tip Line at 301-77-ARSON or 77ARSON@co.pg.md.us.

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