Photos Courtesy of the Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department

Update 1-23-19

A house fire has displaced a St. Leonard family after causing approximately $75,000 worth of damage to their home, Tuesday afternoon. 

On Jan. 22, around 2:00 p.m., units were alerted to the 6000 block of Bandit Al Lane for reports of a house fire. Twenty-five firefighters arrived on scene and discovered a two-story home with fire coming from the rear porch area. After approximately 15 minutes, the fire was reported to be under control. 

An investigation revealed the cause to be improperly discarded smoking materials. The incident resulted in zero injuries but authorities believe the family’s cat may have died during the fire. The family was displaced but are being assisted by family and friends.  

ST. LEONARD, Md. – On January 22, 2019, around 2:45 p.m. Engine 21, Truck 2 and Tanker 2 responded to the working house fire in the 6000 block of Bandit Al Lane in St. Leonard. PFVFD Chief 2-B Willie Gray had command of the incident.

Initial crews found a 2-story Cape Cod with heavy fire on the back deck. Those flames spread quickly to the interior of the house attacking the first and second floor, the walls and attic.

As the fire was being knocked down by PFVFD and surrounding departments, a cat managed to escape safely. Fire crews inside located a dog and brought the animal out to safety. Both survived.

PFVFD operated on the scene for more than two hours. No other injuries were reported and the homeowners were not inside at the time of the fire.

The Maryland State Fire Marshals office is investigating the cause.