Elderly woman rescued after floor collapsed in Oxon Hill

A woman in her 80's was sitting in the living room of her Oxon Hill home-- when the floor collapsed -- and she fell down into the basement.

OXON HILL, MD (WUSA9) - An elderly Oxon Hill woman was rescued from her home, after the living room floor collapsed Tuesday morning, sending her sliding into the basement.

The woman, in her 80's called 9-1-1, just before 7:00 a.m., when the floor collapsed at her home on the 7500 block of Abbington Drive.

"My living room floor has fallen in," she said in a 911 recording, released to WUSA9 Tuesday afternoon. "And I'm right in the middle of it."

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Mark Brady, from Prince George's County Fire and EMS, said that the elderly woman slid 10 feet, when the floor collapsed. He said that water damage was apparent inside the home, and was likely a factor. Brady said that the silver lining was that the woman had a phone in hand when she fell, which allowed for her to easily call for help.

"Just imagine if this occupant did not have access to a phone," he said. "And did not call 9-1-1. She may have still been in that situation this afternoon."

Neighbor Rosetta Musgrove said that community members likely wouldn't have known about the collapse if she didn't call for help, because the exterior didn't show any signs of damage. She said that it was common for the woman to stay inside for long periods of time as well.

"I'm thankful that she had her cell phone," she said. "Because otherwise, we as neighbors never would have had any idea what happened."

The woman was brought to Fort Washington for minor injuries, before she was released to her family. The home has been condemned until the structural integrity can be evaluated. 


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