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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Bowie House Fire - 2 Dogs Removed from Burning Home

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930

A fire in a Bowie home remains under investigation by the personnel from the Office of the Fire Marshal. Fire/EMS units were alerted to the house fire in the 12400 block of Sandal Lane at around 9:00 am, Wednesday, October 23.  The first arriving unit from Bowie Fire/EMS Station 839 advised of a 2-story, Cape Cod, single family home with heavy fire showing from both levels.

Firefighters mounted an aggressive interior attack and brought the fire under control within 20 minutes of arrival.  There were 36 firefighters on the scene battling this blaze. No injuries were reported.  Preliminary fire loss is estimated at $100,000.

The home is in foreclosure, however, at least 1 person occupied the home.  The relationship between the occupant and the home owner is part of an on-going investigation.

After the fire was extinguished, firefighters were performing overhaul and located two small dogs on the first floor.  One of the dogs, a chihuahua, was described as being near death.  Firefighters used Pet Oxygen Masks, donated to the Fire/EMS Department by various groups, to revive the dogs.  After a period of oxygen therapy the Chihuahua became alert and started trembling.  The other small black dog responded and appeared to be in good condition.  The dogs owner arrived on the scene and after being interviewed by Fire Investigators was allowed to take her dogs.  Both dogs appeared to be in good condition.

The cause and origin of this fire remains under investigation.

All images provided courtesy of Mark e. Brady. PGFD PIO

A City of Bowie Police officer assists in providing oxygen to a Chihuahua that was overcome from smoke.

Fire Fighter George Rogers was part of the crew that located the dogs and initiated treatment.  He is providing O2 to the small black dog.


A City of Bowie Police officer assists in providing oxygen to a Chihuahua that was overcome from smoke.

Fire Fighter George Rogers was part of the crew that located the dogs and initiated treatment.  He is providing O2 to the small black dog.


The Cape Cod style home sustained significant damage.

The Cape Cod style home sustained significant damage

The Cape Cod style home sustained significant damage

Fire Fighter Anthony Slydell assisted the dogs owner by carrying the Chihuahua to her car.

The dogs were released to their owners.  Both dogs appeared to be doing well after receiving a round of oxygen.

Fire Fighter Rogers with a very alert and trembling Chihuahua 

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