Bowie fire damages home, injures two firefighters -- Gazette.Net


An early Sunday morning fire that gutted a home in Bowie has left a family in temporary shelter and two firefighters injured.

The fire started around 12:45 a.m. in the 8500 block of Shelly Court, said Mark Brady, spokesman for the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS department.

The exact cause of the blaze is still under investigation, but Brady said it was believed to have started in the garage of the two-story house. The fire then moved into the second floor and the attic before going through the roof, he said.

Four adults, one child and one dog were able to get out of the house before firefighters arrived and with the help of the county citizens services unit as well as the American Red Cross were provided temporary shelter, he said.

But two of about 45 firefighters battling the blaze suffered minor injuries.

One firefighter fell about one story to the ground and was taken to Doctors Community Hospital in Lanham-Seabrook where Brady said the man was treated and released with minor injuries.

A second firefighter sustained burns to her hand. Brady said she was treated and released from the MedStar Washington Hospital Burn Unit in Washington, D.C.

It took a mix of career and volunteer firefighters from Bowie, Glenn Dale and West Latham Hills about 45 minutes to extinguish the blaze, Brady said.

“The house is pretty well gutted and totally damaged,” he said.

The house and its contents sustained an estimated $200,000 in damages, Brady said.