Two firefighters were injured and a family was displaced when flames gutted a two-story home on Shelly Court in Bowie early Sunday.
Prince George’s County firefighters responded to a call for a house fire on the 8500 block of Shelly Court just before 1 a.m. Sunday to find flames extending through the roof of the home.
Prince George’s County Fire Department (PGFD) Spokesperson Mark Brady said the fire is believed to have started in the garage of the two-story home before extending to the attic and roof, reported the Gazette.
Two firefighters sustained minor injuries in while battling the blaze. One firefighter fell about one story and another sustained burns to her hand, according to the Gazette. Both were treated at local hospitals and released.
The family was able to escape the home uninjured, though they have been displaced by the fire. Brady estimates damages to the home at $200,000.
There have been an unusual number of house fires in Bowie in recent weeks. This fire on Shelly Court is the fifteenth house fire in Bowie in the past nine months. The majority of the fires, according to PGFD Fire Chief Marc Bashoor, have been accidental.
The cause of Sunday's fire has not yet been determined.