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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Bowie House Fire - Northcote Lane

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

Prince George’s County Firefighters extinguished a fire this afternoon inside of a Bowie home just blocks from the Northview Community Fire/EMS Station #816.

During the lunch hour two PGFD Station were alerted to assist Anne Arundel County Firefighters in extinguishing a garage fire in Crofton.  Bowie Fire/EMS Station 839 (Freestate) and the Northview Fire/EMS Station 816 were both still operating on that fire when at about 1:45 pm a house fire was dispatched in the 15000 block of Northcote Lane, just a few short blocks from Northview #816.

Earlier that afternoon, realizing that PGFD Firefighters would be tied up on the Crofton fire for an extended period of time, dispatch supervisors at Public Safety Communications transferred other firefighters into the vacant Bowie stations.  West Lanham Hills Fire/EMS Engine 848 was transferred to fill in at Northview #816.

So it was that firefighters on board Engine 848 was to arrive first on the Bowie house fire.  Firefighters arrived at the 1-story home with fire showing from a converted garage area turned family room.  Firefighters determined home occupants were safely outside the home and initiated an interior attack. 

The majority of the fire was knocked down within 10 minutes of arrival.  One of the home occupants had recently started a fire in a wood burning stove located near the area of origin and may be responsible for the cause, however, the cause of the fire is still under investigation.  Preliminary fire loss is estimated at $100,000.  Two adult occupants will be displaced.

No civilian or firefighter injuries were reported.

All images courtesy of PGFD

Conditions on Arrival

Engine 848 lays out water supply line.

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