May 11, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

‘Total Loss’: Barn Fire in Barnesville Causes $2 Million in Damages, Fire Officials Say

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) responded to a large barn fire on Peach Tree Road in Barnesville shortly before midnight Monday evening, fire officials said. Crews found heavy fire engulfing the entire 500 x 100 foot barn, Battalion Chief Jay Blake said. No animals were inside and no one was injured. The barn […]

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April 27, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

15-Story Apartment Building Catches Fire in North Bethesda

About 75 firefighters responded to the Monterey Apartments in North Bethesda after an HVAC unit was “fully engulfed” on the roof, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue (MCFRS) Chief Spokesperson Pete Piringer said. MCFRS was dispatched to 5901 Montrose Road just before noon Tuesday. Workers were on the roof of the 15-story building doing HVAC work, […]

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April 13, 2021 | Rachel Clair

Fire in Silver Spring High-Rise Under Investigation

Firefighters put out a large fire at a high-rise on Manchester Rd. in Silver Spring Monday morning. No injuries were reported. The fire was put out quickly, and a cause is still being investigated, according to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue PIO Pete Piringer. Firefighters in Silver Spring battle large building fire: cause under investigation […]

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April 2, 2021 | Jasmine Boykin

Detectives Investigate Arson After House Fire Displaces Family in Gaithersburg

An early morning house fire left a family displaced in Gaithersburg on Thursday. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue (MCFS) is now investigating the incident as a case of arson. The fire began around 1 a.m. on the roof of a two-story single-family house located on Marquis Drive after a passerby noticed a “well-advanced fire” and […]

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March 23, 2021 | Bryan Gallion

Montgomery Village Apartment Fire Displaces 17 Residents, Causes $500,000 in Damage

A fire Monday evening in a Montgomery Village apartment building caused an estimated $500,000 in damage and displaced 17 residents, according to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service spokesman Pete Piringer. The three-story building in the 9900 block of Walker House Road caught fire around 5:30 p.m. Monday, Piringer said. It started with an electrical […]

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March 16, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Fiery Crash in Burtonsville Leaves Adult, Child Seriously Injured

A “fiery crash” in Burtonsville left two people, including a child, seriously injured, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) Spokesperson Pete Piringer said. MCFRS transported the two to the hospital, Piringer wrote on Twitter. The collision occurred just before 1 a.m. Tuesday on Old Columbia Pike near Loma Linda Court. A car collided with […]

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March 10, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Suspected Mental Illness is Key Risk Factor for Use of Force by MCPD, Report Finds 

The Montgomery County Council’s Office of Legislative Oversight (OLO) released a comprehensive report Tuesday analyzing the county’s public safety response to mental health situations. The report found that suspected mental illness is a key risk factor that leads to uses of force by Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) officers. It cites MCPD’s latest Use of […]

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March 6, 2021 | Halle Grossett

Electrical Malfunction Causes Fire in Silver Spring

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) responded to a fire involving multiple wooden sheds Saturday morning in Silver Spring. The fire broke out at 802 Malcolm Drive towards the rear of the home where several sheds were enclosed. The fire extended to wooden fencing of a neighboring home where the residence sustained minor exterior […]

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March 1, 2021 | Abby Espiritu

Wheaton House Fire Causes $35K in Damages

A ‘madison strapped’ outlet located behind a wooden shelving unit was the cause of a Wheaton house fire on Sunday. The house was unoccupied according to the Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Department. The fire occurred at 11505 Alma Street, located between Channing Street and Ventura Avenue, in the neighborhood of Arcola. According to Montgomery […]

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February 16, 2021 | Rachel Clair

Gaithersburg Townhouse Fire Forces Evacuation

An electrical fire caused Gaithersburg townhome residents to evacuate on Monday but no one was harmed. The fire occurred at the 500 Block of Odenhal Avenue, near Cedar Springs Street in Gaithersburg. The accident was reported to be caused by an electrical outlet on a first floor landing. Residential sprinklers were deployed, and there was only a […]

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