SUV Plows Into Maryland Flower Shop, Catches Fire

The owner of a Calvert County flower shop says he's planning to rebuild after an SUV driven by a suspected DUI driver crashed into his business and caught fire.

The county sheriff's office says the vehicle crashed into Bright Center West in Owings along Southern Maryland Boulevard early Wednesday. When authorities arrived, both the vehicle and the strip mall were on fire.

The driver, identified as 32-year-old Vincent Troy of Upper Marlboro, was already out of the vehicle, being helped by others. 

"It's just unbelievable," said Aut Fuller, who owns Floral Expressions. "There's nothing left."

The SUV struck Fuller's delivery van before it slammed into the store.

"He flipped over the van and into the store, and set everything on fire," Fuller said. 

Troy was arrested and charged with driving under the influence. 


Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia local news, events and information

Student describes chaos after Greenbelt shooting on senior skip day

ChocolateCON celebrates DC's Black heritage, emancipation

"At least he's OK," Fuller added. 

Fire officials say three firefighters were injured while fighting the fire. Two of the firefighters were treated at the scene; the other firefighter was transported to a local hospital. His condition is not known at this time. 

No other injuries were reported. 

Fuller's store was completely destroyed by the fire, but he told News4 he plans to rebuild. A GoFundMe page for Floral Expressions had raised nearly $7,000 by midday Thursday.

Several other businesses in the strip mall were also damaged by the fire. 

Contact Us