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December 22, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

About 60 Firefighters Battled House Fire in Silver Spring

About 60 firefighters responded to a house fire on Lorain Avenue in Silver Spring Tuesday morning, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) Chief Spokesperson Pete Piringer said. A passerby called 911 around 6 a.m., Piringer said. The house was under renovation and unoccupied, and he said the fire was heavy when firefighters arrived. It […]

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December 14, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Load of Burning Trash Dumped on Street Near B-CC High School

A garbage truck driver dumped a load of the vehicle’s trash onto westbound East West Highway, in front of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School because the load was on fire. The incident happened around 3 p.m. on Monday. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services spokesperson Pete Piringer tweeted that the fire was extinguished and there were […]

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December 11, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

County Prepares to Implement New Emergency Radio System After Serious Disruptions in 2019

In 2019, multiple emergency radio channels dropped over Mother’s Day weekend in Montgomery County, hindering public safety communication. Now, the county is preparing to switch over to a new system. The shift to a new emergency radio system will happen in three phases, beginning Jan. 4, 2021, said Gerry Adcock, Public Safety Radio Communication Systems […]

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December 3, 2020 | Toluwa Famuyide

Fire in Gaithersburg Townhouse Leaves One Man Seriously Injured

One man is in critical condition after a fire erupted in a Gaithersburg townhome late Wednesday night, according to officials. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue responded to the fire along Bayridge Drive in Gaithersburg around 11:30 p.m. One man who is currently in critical condition was rescued from the basement after being found on the […]

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November 25, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Townhouses in Gaithersburg Destroyed in ‘Significant Fire’

A fire in the 8800 block of Swallow Court in Montgomery Village East in Gaithersburg Tuesday evening probably was started at an electrical outlet on an exterior wall, according to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Squad. It spread rapidly and caused about $1.5 million in damages. Fifteen people living in three of the townhouses were […]

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September 29, 2020 | Reid Flumbaum

Germantown Townhouse Fire Leaves Two Families Displaced

Two families are now displaced after a Germantown townhouse on Palmetto Circle near Dawson Farm Road caught fire Monday afternoon. Pete Piringer, Chief Spokesperson for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS), says firefighters were called to the scene around 4 p.m. after reports of a fire in a third floor bedroom. Piringer says […]

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July 5, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Seven Months After Fire, Olney Ale House Still Planning to Reopen

The coronavirus isn’t going to stop the Olney Ale House from reopening. The Olney Ale House has been closed since December, after a kitchen fire caused damages estimated at $250,000. A week later, a sign was posted a message on its website thanking Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services and saying, “we expect to reopen […]

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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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April 23, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

Firefighters Respond to Blaze at Burtonsville Home

It took about 65 firefighters to put out a blaze at a house in Burtonsville on Wednesday afternoon. Located on the 15600 block of Santini Road, the home was unoccupied at the time of the fire around 4:30 p.m. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services Spokesperson Pete Piringer says there is a total of about […]

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March 10, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Firefighters Contain Fast Spreading Bushfire in Montgomery Village

Pete Piringer, spokesperson for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services, tweeted Tuesday that dozens of firefighters contained a bushfire that was 5 to 8 acres long along powerlines in Montgomery Village. At around 3:15 p.m., the bushfire was encroaching nearby houses in the area of Duffer Way and Hickory View Place in Montgomery Village, but […]

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