TWT’s Rowland Loses Childhood Home in Xmas Morning House Fire

TWT White House reporter Kara Rowland lost her childhood home in a fire this weekend.

No one was hurt. Everyone escaped before the blaze destroyed the home. It was Rowland’s father’s house in Fairfax County. They moved in when she was 12 but she still calls it her childhood home. “It happened on the morning of Christmas day,” she told FishbowlDC by email after being asked for comment. “I wasn’t there at the time but my Dad, his wife, her mother and brother were.”

Many D.C. journalists sent Rowland well wishes and expressed empathy for her over Twitter. “While my brother and I are saddened by the loss of all our old photos and memories, it could have been so much worse and I’m just incredibly grateful that everyone made it out safely — including two cats, one of whom was initially missing,” she wrote. “As I said on Twitter, you can replace a house but you can’t bring back a person.
The generosity of neighbors, friends and even acquaintances has been nothing less than mindblowing.”