April 3, 2021 | Halle Grossett

Suspicious Device Found in Arson Investigation of Gaithersburg House Fire

A Gaithersburg house fire is being investigated as an arson case after a suspicious device that may have been used to cause the fire was found. The fire occurred early morning on April 1 at 16 Marquis Drive in Gaithersburg. Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service (MCFRS) spokesperson Pete Piringer says emergency responders reported to […]

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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 4, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Former Laurel Police Chief Arrested on Multiple Arson, Attempted Murder Charges

David M. Crawford, the former Laurel Police Chief, was arrested March 3 and charged with setting 12 fires throughout Maryland, including three in Montgomery County. Prince George’s Fire and Rescue arson task forces, along with investigators and detectives in multiple Maryland fire and police departments, arrested the 69-year-old Ellicott City resident. The incidents involve setting […]

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October 30, 2020 | Reid Flumbaum

Suspected Arsonist Arrested in Connection with Potomac House Fire

A Pennsylvania man was arrested Wednesday in connection with a house fire that left one Potomac woman and her cats displaced Monday, Oct. 26. Johh O’Donnell, 34, of Bensalem, PA was taken into custody and charged with first-degree arson and attempted first-degree murder. Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service (MCFRS) Chief Spokesperson Pete Piringer said […]

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October 27, 2020 | Reid Flumbaum

UPDATE: Potomac Woman, Five Cats Rescued From House Fire

Update (2:06 p.m.): Fire and explosive investigators from the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service believe the fire was intentionally set. Damages are estimated to be approximately $100,000. Officials are asking that anyone with information call the Arson Tip Line at 240-777-2263. Update – ARSON – just after 1030p Monday 10/26 – 11100blk Korman Dr. neighborhood […]

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October 22, 2020 | Toluwa Famuyide

Two Vehicles Burn in Gaithersburg Fire; Arson Investigation Underway

Montgomery County Fire officials are investigating an arson incident that occurred on Oct. 19 in Gaithersburg. Pete Piringer, the county’s Fire and Rescue Chief Spokesman, wrote in a Twitter post that firefighters responded to a call from 300 Marshal Street. Once they arrived, the firefighters found two cars that were fully engulfed in flames. Piringer […]

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July 24, 2020 | Samantha Subin

Traffic Camera Arson Incident in Rockville Under Investigation

Police are investigating an arson and vandalism incident involving a traffic camera in Rockville. According to police, the incident occurred between 11:45 p.m. and midnight on July 17 along the 400 block of Hurley Avenue near Wootton Mill Park. Arson Investigation: on July 17, 2020 vandalism to a traffic camera 400blk Hurley Ave, IAO Wootton […]

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June 30, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

UPDATE: Family Member Faces Arson Charges for White Oak Townhouse Fire

Update (7:45 p.m.): Pete Piringer tweeted Tuesday that an adult male has been arrested in connection to the White Oak townhouse fire. Piringer told MyMCMedia the man was related to the family that lived in the townhouse. The man faces charges for first degree arson, reckless endangerment, first degree malicious burning, and other charges are […]

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May 17, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Woman Arrested in Leisure World House Fire

Marcelina Bowman, 55, was arrested in connection with a May 13 house fire in Leisure World which caused $350,000 in damages. Bowman, who has no fixed address, was arrested May 15 in Fairfax City, Va. According to fire and explosive investigators with the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service, Bowman was charged with first-degree arson, […]

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July 23, 2019 | Abigail Brooke

11 Officers Honored For Response to Domestic Violence, Arson Incident

11 Montgomery County police officers in the Germantown district were awarded a Medal of Valor at the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce’s Public Safety Award Breakfast on July 12. The following officers were recognized for their response to a call about a domestic violence incident on Oct. 11, 2018: Sgt. Larry Haley Cpl. Shaun Santos Cpl. […]

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