Prince George’s County home suffers total collapse in massive fire

The fire happened at a two-story, single family home in the woods in Upper Marlboro around 5:30 a.m. Friday. (Courtesy PGFD/Mark Brady)

A massive fire left an Upper Marlboro, Maryland, home gutted on Friday morning, with firefighters battling towering flames that left nothing but the building’s frame intact.

Prince George’s County first responders were dispatched to a fire in a two-story, single family house in the woods off Connaught Court, near U.S. Route 301/Crain Highway and Pennsylvania Avenue in Upper Marlboro, around 5:30 a.m. Friday.

The fire apparently started in an attached garage and spread into the roof of the sprawling house, fire/EMS department spokesman Mark Brady tweeted in an update later Friday. The house did have sprinklers, but the fire “burned in roof above sprinklers.”

One adult is displaced, Brady added, and there were no injuries.

The fire caused an estimated $600,000 in damages.

Aerial images from WTOP’s news partners at NBC Washington appeared to show the home’s roof had failed, with only its external walls still standing amid flames taller than the building itself:

WTOP’s Neal Augenstein reported that the owner safely left the building after calling 911.

Due to the residence’s isolation in a rural area beyond the reach of a hydrant, six 3,000 gallon fire department tankers were running water to firefighters from over a mile down the street:

Earlier, Acting Deputy Fire Chief Kevin Dunn said the building suffered a total collapse, with firefighters battling the flames from the outside due to dangerous conditions within. He added that an initial search found no one inside the building.

Officials are still investigating the cause of the fire.

Alejandro Alvarez

Alejandro Alvarez joined WTOP as a digital journalist and editor in June 2018. He is a reporter and photographer focusing on politics, political activism and international affairs.

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