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Early Morning Blaze Causes $400K in Damages

No injuries were reported as a result of Tuesday's fire on Peachtree Lane.

A 3,100 square foot home on Peachtree Lane in Bowie was destroyed by fire early Tuesday morning, in a blaze that took firefighters nearly two hours to extinguish, according to Prince George’s County Fire Department (PGFD) Spokesperson Mark Brady.

Firefighters responded to a call for a house fire in the 1800 block of Peachtree Lane just after 5 a.m. Tuesday to find a two-story home being overtaken by flames.

It took 45 firefighters about an hour to get the bulk of the flames down and an additional 30 to 45 minutes to completely extinguish hot spots, said Brady.

Though damages are still being assessed, Brady said at least $400,000 in damages were done to the home and the home’s contents.

One of the two occupants of the house was home at the time of the fire, and that person was able to escape safely thanks to a working smoke detector and neighbors banging on the front door, said Brady.

No other injuries were reported.

The house is a total loss, having completely collapsed due to the fire, said Brady, and the occupants are currently staying with relatives. 

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

This is the second major house fire in as many days in Bowie. A home on Shelly Court sustained $200K in damages early Sunday morning. There has been a unusually high rate of accidental fires in Bowie over the past several months, and PGFD is working to increase awareness and fire safety in the community. 

 

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E. Johnson February 19, 2013 at 05:38 PM
saw this morning when walking my dog before 5 am though.. like 4:50am
Lynn February 20, 2013 at 12:31 PM
Did this house have a SMART METER? These things are causing fires all over the world. They are NOT UL listed and cause problems with old wiring. Installers not well trained and have quotas, These things will NOT save energy, it's all about increasing profits for BGE. Bowie has had 16 fires in the last 9 months roughtly coinciding with the deployment of smart meters.We are being lied to by BGE. OPT OUT at smartmeterdeferral@bge.com Also sign petition to support opt out bill HB 1038 http://signon.org/sign/maryland-house-bill-1038?source=c.fwd&r_by=7048862

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