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Arson Arrest

Montgomery County fire and rescue investigators have charged a 24-year-old Chevy Chase man with first degree arson.

According to Fire Chief Richard Bowers, Abraham Ogazgi Kiflu went to the 3rd District Police Station overnight where he asked to speak to the fire marshal and then allegedly confessed to starting a May 1 fire at 2815 Terrace Drive in Chevy Chase.

Investigators report that blaze damaged or destroyed 34 units and displaced more than 100 people. Damage is estimated to be in excess of $1,000,000. About 125 firefighters and rescue crews responded to the three alarm fire and two firefighters were injured.

Fire officials said the suspect is a relative of a tenant who lived in one of the units. The investigation continues.

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