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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Fire at Bowie YMCA Mostly Held to Exterior

Around 4:00 am, Thursday, September 20,  Firefighters from the Bowie area responded to the 3500 block of Moylan Drive for a report of a possible building fire.  Firefighters arrived to a 2-story former school building that has been converted into a YMCA.

Firefighters arrived to find an outside fire of roofing materials stored on the side of the building with the blaze impinging on the side of the building.  A precautionary 2ND Alarm was sounded and staged in the event the fire extended to the interior.

Quick extinguishment by firefighters limited the extension to portion of the roofline and the majority of the fire was contained to the exterior.  All searches for occupants were negative.

The cause of the fire is under investigation and fire loss is estimated at $50,000. No injuries were reported.

WUSA 9 TV photo shows the damaged area outside of the building itself.  Damage to the structure itself was minimal.  Photo from WUSA TV 9 website.

Mark Brady

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