Accidental garage fire destroys Brookeville home, causes $600K damage

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A fire on Brinkwood Road caused more than $600,000 in damage Nov. 2, 2017. (Courtesy Prince George’s County Fire & Rescue/Pete Piringer)

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Firefighters had to use water from a pond to put out a blaze on Brinkwood Road in Brookeville, Maryland on Nov. 2, 2017. (Courtesy Montgomery County Fire & Rescue/Pete Piringer)

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Two people working on a car in the garage sparked a fire on Brinkwood Road in Brookville, Maryland on Nov. 2, 2017. (Courtesy Montgomery County Fire & Rescue/Pete Piringer)

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A fire extinguisher worked but was not enough to battle a blaze that destroyed a home on Brinkwood Road in Brookville, Maryland Nov. 2, 2017. (Courtesy Montgomery County Fire & Rescue/Pete Piringer)

Two people were injured when heavy flames engulfed a large Montgomery County house Thursday evening. (Courtesy Montgomery County Fire & EMS/Pete Piringer)
Two people were injured when heavy flames engulfed a large Montgomery County house Thursday evening.

Two people were injured in the fire in Brookeville, Maryland.(Courtesy Montgomery County Fire & Rescue/Pete Piringer)
The fire started in the home’s garage.

About 65 firefighters battled the blaze.

At about 5:50 p.m., a fire started at a two-story house located at 130 Brinkwood Rd. near Haviland Mill Road in in Brookville, Maryland. (Courtesy Montgomery County Fire & Rescue/Pete Piringer)
At about 5:50 p.m., a fire started at a two-story house located at 130 Brinkwood Rd. near Haviland Mill Road in Brookville, Maryland.

The fire that injured two in Montgomery County Thursday has been deemed accidental. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
The family dog remains unaccounted for. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)

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Photo shows flames of a house fire
Photo shows a burnt house
photo shows smoke of a house fire
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Two people were injured when heavy flames engulfed a large Montgomery County house Thursday evening. (Courtesy Montgomery County Fire & EMS/Pete Piringer)
Two people were injured in the fire in Brookeville, Maryland.(Courtesy Montgomery County Fire & Rescue/Pete Piringer)
At about 5:50 p.m., a fire started at a two-story house located at 130 Brinkwood Rd. near Haviland Mill Road in in Brookville, Maryland. (Courtesy Montgomery County Fire & Rescue/Pete Piringer)
The fire that injured two in Montgomery County Thursday has been deemed accidental. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)

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.

 

Below is a map with the location near the fire:

WTOP”s Mike Murillo contributed to this report.

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