4 Alarm Fire at Michael’s Arts and Crafts Store
Truck 5 and Chief James McClelland responded a 4 alarm fire at the Michael’s Arts and Crafts store in Bowie. Chief McClelland, who lives nearby was the first to arrive, reported that the building was fully involved, established the Bowie Command and requested the second alarm. As the incident escalated, Major Marc Bashoor (now Fire Chief) assumed command and Chief McClelland was assigned as the Operations Section Chief. The building was a total loss. The fire loss was estimated at $3,000,000.