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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Bowie House Fire

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930, mebrady@co.pg.md.us

Firefighters from Bowie and surrounding communities battled a raging house fire this evening. At about 8:00 pm, Sunday, January 09, 2011, fire/EMS units, some just arriving back in the Bowie area after battling a 2-alarm Upper Marlboro townhouse fire, were dispatched to the 12300 block of Stafford Lane. Occupants had called 911 and reported a fire upstairs. Firefighters arrived at the 2-story “country-club” style house with heavy fire on the top floor with extension into and through the roof.


Firefighters initiated an attack on the fire and had the bulk knocked down in about 25 minutes. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation and a preliminary fire loss is estimated at $200,000. The family will be displaced and are being assisted by the Departments Citizen Services Unit and the American Red Cross.

No civilian or firefighter injuries have been reported.

Upper Marlboro Townhouse Fire

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930, mebrady@co.pg.md.us

Prince George’s County Firefighters battled a fire in Upper Marlboro this evening causing significant damage to two townhouses. Just after 5:30 pm, Sunday, January 09, 2011, firefighters were summoned to the 13900 block of King George Way for a report of a fire in a townhouse. Fire units from Upper Marlboro Fire/EMS Station #820 were the first to arrive and advised of fire showing. The blaze apparently started as the family was using their fireplace on the first floor. A malfunction allowed the fire to extend from the firebox/flu into the interior walls and extended up the void spaces into the attic.


Firefighters stretched their hoselines into the structure to attack the fire and ensured occupants were out of the burning structure and the attached townhouses. With a stiff wind assisting the rapid extension, the fire spread quickly into the adjoining townhouse. A “second alarm” was sounded bringing additional firefighters and resources to the scene.

A total of 55 firefighter/medics worked aggressively for 30 minutes to knock the fire down. All of the occupants had escaped safely and there are no reports of firefighter or civilian injuries. The fire appears to be “accidental” and attributed to a malfunctioning fireplace. Fire loss is estimated at $200,000.

It appears that occupants of four townhomes will be displaced. They are being assisted by the Department’s Citizen Services Unit and the American Red Cross with temporary arrangements.