UPDATE: Dog Perishes and House Destroyed After Fire in Mechanicsville, Cause Still Under Investigation

September 11, 2019

UPDATE 9/11/19: On Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at approximately 2:40 p.m., firefighters from Mechanicsville and surrounding departments responded to 25680 Grandiflora Court in Mechanicsville, for the reported house on fire.

Crews arrived on the scene to find a one story single family home with fire showing.

The owner/occupant has been identified as Rae Costanzo. The estimated loss of structure and contents is valued at over $375.000.00

More than 30 firefighters responded and controlled the fire in approximately 35 minutes. The fire was discovered by an occupant of the home.

The cause of the fire which originated on the exterior of the residence, remains under investigation at this time.

Both occupants escaped the residence without injury, however, the family dog perished in the fire. The occupants are being assisted by other family members and friends.

Updates will be provided when they become available.

9/10/19: On Tuesday, September 10, 2019, at approximately 2:40 p.m., firefighters from Mechanicsville, Hollywood, Leonardtown, Seventh District, Second District and Charles County responded to 25600 block Grandiflora Court and Petal Court in Helen, for the reported working house fire.

Crews arrived on the scene to find a 1-story residence on a crawl space with fire showing.

One dog was reported to still be inside and firefighters from Mechanicsville entered the structure to conduct primary searches, and upon entry firefighters encountered fire throughout the residence and attic area. All searches proved negative.

One neighbor suffered smoke inhalation and signed care refusal forms on the scene. No other known injuries were reported.

The Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal is currently investigating the fire.

Updates will be provided when they become available.

All photos and videos are courtesy of the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department, Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department, and Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department.




10 Responses to UPDATE: Dog Perishes and House Destroyed After Fire in Mechanicsville, Cause Still Under Investigation

  1. Anonymous on September 12, 2019 at 4:12 am

    It seems like every week there is a house fire in southern Maryland.

    • Let me sum it up for ya on September 13, 2019 at 6:40 am

      Seems almost contagious, doesn’t it.

      But that is about all that goes on here.

      You get mostly car wrecks, fires, hood rat crimes, and druggie busts.

      But wait until some animals get killed – then we got some front page action!

  2. Anonymous on September 12, 2019 at 9:03 am

    prayers to the family, rest easy to that sweet dog

    • No thoughts this time, just prayers.... on September 13, 2019 at 6:47 am

      This is a former T&P member, now joined a spin-off club of just claiming to be the “P” people.

      admits they have no thought, but still casting the fake prayer salute, like a toast at dinner.

      But the elevation of care for animals is still obviously superior to their care of people.

      A St. Mary’s County fetish.

  3. Anonymous on September 12, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    They would’ve saved the dog if they could… the fire spread too quickly. Thoughts and prayers to all involved.

  4. Anonymous on September 12, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    They would have got the dog out if they could… the fire spread too quickly. Thoughts and prayers to all involved.

    • Nevermind the people, here's the important point on September 13, 2019 at 6:48 am

      Please – say it a third time –

      this is the tear-jerker that made the story anyway.

  5. The P&T club is ON DUTY! on September 13, 2019 at 6:31 am

    Prayers and thoughts!

    Oh yeah – you have NEITHER!

    Just another empty lie to post by the empty minded/empty hearted county joke.

  6. Anonymous on September 15, 2019 at 7:06 am

    Cheese and Bacon!

  7. Wiggy on September 15, 2019 at 7:08 am

    Since no updates are probably going to come of this story (SMNEWSNET doesn’t report, they just wait to get the story sent to them) I’m willing to go out on a limb and assume this fire was started by improperly discarded smoking or grilling materials.