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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Bowie House Fire - Anxious Moments but Everyone is OK

Some anxious moments at a Bowie house fire this afternoon. At around 12:30 pm today a fire in a Bowie home sparked an intensive search for 4 children reported to be trapped inside the burning home by their father.

An alarm company notified the adult male home owner of an activated alarm at his house in the 12500 block of Knowledge Lane. The father left work and arrived at about the same time as firefighters that were alerted after a neighbor notified 911. Smoke was rolling out of the eaves of the 2-story single family home and heavy smoke conditions filled the interior.

The father was not aware that his wife had taken the children to another location for the day and he frantically explained to firefighters that as many as 4 children were trapped inside.

An intensive search and rescue commenced and additional fire and EMS units were summoned to the scene.
A fire in a 2nd floor closest had extended into the attic and firefighters were working on extinguishing the fire as other firefighters continued to look for the four children. A family pet dog was located and removed safely from the home but no children were located.

After establishing some family communication the father learned that his family was safe at another location. He was not aware no one was at home.

The fire was quickly extinguished and the cause is under investigation. Fire loss is estimated at $20,000. No injuries reported.

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