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A house fire in Upper Marlboro on Saturday displaced a family after the home was destroyed, according to the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department.

Around 2:15 p.m., firefighters were alerted to the fire in the 15400 block of Mount Calvert Road that was “consuming the house.” When firefighters arrived at the scene they were unable to enter the house, according to a release from the department.

There are no fire hydrants in the house’s rural location, which required water tankers to deliver the water to fight the fire, the release said.

“The fire was well advanced upon our arrival and it would have been a challenge to initiate an aggressive attack especially in a rural water shuttle operation,” said Mark Brady, a spokesperson for the county fire/EMS department.

Firefighters brought the fire under control in about 90 minutes after fighting it from outside the house, the release said.

The fire caused an estimated $400,000 in damages, according to the release.

The family, which includes three adults and a teenager, will be staying with other family members in the area.

No injuries were reported, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

lpowers@gazette.net