fire-investigation 450x280 for slider

Fatal Fires in Montgomery County

Fire10It’s been an unusual and busy start of the year for Montgomery County firefighters who have responded to three fatal fires this month.

In 2013, there were three fire-related deaths during the entire year in Montgomery County.

The first fire fatality of 2014 occurred on Jan. 8 when 4-year-old Lancelot Quarshie died in a Montgomery Village apartment fire. Just a little over a week later, on Jan. 16,  53-year-old Michael Francis Mercurio died from injuries sustained in an apartment fire in Rockville, and today (Jan. 22) a 70-year-old Kensington man, Thomas Dolan Geoghegan, died from injuries he sustained in a kitchen fire.

During a recent interview on County Report This Week, Assistant Chief Scott Graham said firefighters spend a lot of their time on weekends in neighborhoods and communities where they distribute information to educate residents about fire safety topics in hopes of preventing the 911 call. 

Graham said firefighters also check smoke alarms. If you would like to get the smoke alarms in your home checked, simply call 311 or log on to the 311 website at

For more information on other fire safety topics, visit the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service website at

Related posts:

Kensington Man Dies from Injuries Sustained in Kitchen Fire

fire truck close up for slider 450 x 280

UPDATED Montgomery County firefighters are investigating a fatal kitchen fire in Kensington. It happened at 4:30 a.m. on Jan. 22 in the 3900 block of Decatur Avenue. At the scene, firefighters found a 70-year-old man severely burned in the kitchen area of the home. According to a fire official, preliminary information indicates the man was […]

Read more

Fatal Fire in Rockville

Firetruck close up

UPDATED Montgomery County firefighters are investigating an overnight fire in the 12200 block of Braxfield Court of Rockville that has killed a man and displaced residents. It happened at 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 16. According to fire officials, the first arriving units reported fire showing from a balcony at the complex and additional resources were […]

Read more

Child Dies in Two-Alarm Fire, 40 Residents Displaced

fire-investigation 450x280 for slider

UPDATED A four-year-old boy was killed in a two-alarm fire at the Cider Mill apartment complex on Jan. 8 and several other residents were injured, according to Montgomery County fire officials. The blaze was reported shortly after 4 p.m. in the 18200 block of Lost Knife Circle in Montgomery Village. Firefighters used ground ladders to […]

Read more

Fatal Fire at Leisure World

fire truck for slider450x280

UPDATED 9/26 Montgomery County fire and rescue crews are investigating a fatal fire that occurred on Sept. 25 at a retirement community in Silver Spring. It happened at 12:20 p.m. in the 15700 block of Interlachen Drive in Silver Spring. This is a residential high-rise building located at the Leisure World community. Units arrived on the […]

Read more

Apartment Fire Fatality (Photos)

photo Silver Spring apartment fire

UPDATED These photos tell the story of a dramatic rescue scene at a Silver Spring apartment building, on April 2, where several residents had to be rescued from a top floor balcony by firefighters. Over 100 firefighters responded to the two-alarm blaze that was first reported shortly before 7 a.m. at the Montgomery Towers apartment […]

Read more



| No comments yet.

Engage us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter