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Firefighters Injured, Family Displaced in Shelly Court Blaze

No other injuries were reported.

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.  

Rebecca Hanna-Diener February 20, 2013 at 12:11 AM
http://www.scribd.com/doc/110338574/Memo-to-Commissioners-Re-Fires-10-6-12-PUBLIC
George Karadimas February 20, 2013 at 12:14 AM
The way to PREVENT FIRES from SMART METERS is NOT to Have one attached to your Home , Residence or Business. The way to accomplish that is to Get your Maryland Delegates to support the NO FEE OPT-OUT HOUSE BIL HB1038 Introduced by Delegate Glen GLASS. Sign The Petition to support HB1038 Here www.tinyurl.com/HB1038 "Petition Background The Bill pertains to establishing a NO FEE PERMANENT opt OUT , from the Smart Meter/Grid Program being rolled out by the Maryland Electric Utilities BGE, PEPCO & Delmarva"
Rebecca Hanna-Diener February 20, 2013 at 12:15 AM
http://emfsafetynetwork.org/?page_id=1280 Are smart meters brands all that different?
George Karadimas February 20, 2013 at 12:23 AM
Support Permanent OPT-OUT House of Delegates BILL HB1038 http://signon.org/sign/maryland-house-bill-1038?source=c.fwd&r_by=7048862 NO smart Meter...No Smart Meter Fire ever.
Concerned Bowie Resident February 23, 2013 at 02:15 PM
Thank you all for post on Smart meters, but what was the response from PGCFD regarding ensuring sprinkler system is operable? Much like smoke detectors and CO 2 meters are checked, how is a homeowner to ensure the originally installed system is operable. This home is in my neighborhood and although not the same builder was built around the same time.

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