Fire destroys Capitol Heights home

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Three people were able to safely escape a fire that destroyed a home in Capitol Heights early Tuesday morning, officials say.

Flames broke out about 4 a.m. in the two-story house in the 700 block of Mentor Avenue.

Delores Patrick has lived in the home for decade, but she wasn't home at the time.

She says this isn't the first time she's been through this. There was another fire at the home a few years ago, but it wasn't nearly as damaging.

Due to the intensity of the fire on both floors and the safety of the firefighters, crews had to initially fight the fire from the outside. Floors inside the home eventually collapsed down to the basement, leaving just a charred shell of what was a home hours before.

Before it was contained, the fire spread to at least one neighboring home, causing significant damage.
It required over an hour to knock down the bulk of the fire. Firefighters moved inside the home once utility crews shut off the power source.

When the ABC7 News crew arrived at the scene, the home was fully engulfed in flames, and smoke was still pouring from the windows and roof two hours after the fire began.

A neighbor, who called 911, says she heard the windows breaking and saw huge flames coming from the back of the house.

Prince George's County Fire reports no civilians or firefighters were injured, but one of Patrick's two dogs died in the fire.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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