Fire Investigation Underway (Photo)


Montgomery County firefighters were dispatched at 4:30 a.m. on Feb. 21 to 175 Watts Branch Parkway in Rockville for an initial report of a fire in the woods.

Firefighters arrived on the scene and found a large, vacant building with heavy fire and smoke conditions. Officials said a second alarm was dispatched and additional units were requested. According to a press release issued by the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service, “the fire was well advanced upon the arrival of firefighters.”

The  vacant and boarded up building was a complete loss, and an investigation is now underway to determine the cause of the fire.

The building, which served as a former residential treatment for youth and operated under the name “Karma Academy,” closed several years ago.

Firefighters have estimated damages to the building at $250,000. There were no injuries.

Photo | MCFRS

Photo | MCFRS

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