Two people were hospitalized, and a Brandywine house was nearly destroyed by fire Thursday night, after a dry Christmas tree apparently ignited from an electrical short, authorities said.

Firefighters from Prince George’s and Charles counties were called to a fire in the 16200 block of Ashbox Road about 9 p.m., said Mark Brady, a Prince George’s County Fire Department spokesman. Responding units found a one-story, single family home engulfed with flames, but a woman and daughter escaped the home.

The mother and daughter suffered minor burns and singed hair and were taken to a local hospital, Brady said.

One of the residents told firefighters that a small electrical short ignited the family Christmas, which burst into flames and injured her. The fire spread quickly through the home, which was damaged extensively, and may be a total loss, Brady said.

The family’s 4-month old dog is also missing, Brady said.

Officials caution that dry, brittle Christmas trees can be a fire hazard and should be removed from homes following the holidays.