WASHINGTON — A Brookeville, Maryland, family’s home is destroyed, a dog is unaccounted for and the damage estimate for the accidental fire that tore the property has been raised from $500,000 to $600,000.
The fire at 130 Brinkwood Rd. displaced three people. Two people suffered injuries, including smoke inhalation for one, when the heavy flames engulfed the large Montgomery County home Thursday evening, Montgomery County Fire & Rescue spokesman Pete Piringer said Friday morning
At about 5:50 p.m., the fire started in the garage of the two-story home. Two people were working on a car in the garage, Piringer said.
Brinkwood Road is located near Haviland Mill Road in Brookeville, and is an area where there are not fire hydrants, said Piringer. Firefighters used a tanker truck to draw water from a neighbor’s pond to fight the blaze.
“First arriving units encountered pretty heavy fire conditions in the garage extending to a fairly significantly sized, large home,” Piringer said in a video update on Twitter.
The two people in the house at the time managed to get out safely, but not before trying to use a fire extinguisher to put out the flames.
“The two residents that were there, the occupants, were lucky to get out.”
No firefighters were injured, he added.
About 65 firefighters helped knock down the heavy fire, the bulk of which was out around 6:45 p.m., Piringer said.
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