A blaze early Tuesday morning completely engulfed a Bowie residence, according to a Prince George’s County fire official.
Firefighters responded to a report of a house fire in the 1800 block of Peachtree Lane at 5 a.m. to find the two-story, single-family home on fire, said Mark Brady, chief spokesman for the county fire/EMS department.
The sole occupant of the home at the time, a man, was able to escape without injury due to a combination of working smoke detectors and neighbors pounding on the door, Brady said.
County firefighters were assisted by firefighters from Anne Arundel County due to the severity of the fire, Brady said.
With 35 firefighter/medics on the scene, the bulk of the fire was extinguished within an hour from the safety of exterior positions, and no firefighters were injured, Brady said.
The house is considered a total loss, Brady said.
“There’s no back wall, the walls on either side are half burned down, and the roof and second floor have collapsed into the basement,” he said.
Brady estimated the loss of the structure and contents at approximately $400,000.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, Brady said.
Although only one person was home at the time, two individuals lived at the residence, he said.
The occupants will be staying with other family members, according to a press release.
The home was permitted and built prior to a law that went into effect in Prince George’s County requiring all newly constructed homes to have a residential sprinkler system, according to the release.