Two Workers Injured after Fire Broke Out in Dorms at University of Maryland

By Peter DePaolis

Authorities reported that two workers at the University of Maryland College Park suffered injuries on January 13 from a flash fire after working on a faulty heating and air conditioning unit on the roof of a university dorm.

According to the University of Maryland’s site, Oakland Hall, the nine-story dorm where the incident occurred, is home to about 700 students. At 9 a.m., the incident was reported on social media outlets of the university police and Prince George’s County fire officials. Police evacuated students from the area and warned people to stay away.

One of the workers suffered “serious trauma to the upper body” in the fire and was taken to a trauma center, according to a Prince George’s County spokesperson. The second worker sustained “less serious injuries,” and was taken to an area hospital.

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About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.