MCFRS Chief Spokesperson Pete Piringer

September 29, 2021 | Ceoli Jacoby

Several Injured in Separate Bus Crashes Wednesday Morning

Chief spokesperson for the Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service Pete Piringer reported two separate traffic incidents involving buses early Wednesday. The first incident occurred around 6 a.m. near the Shady Grove Metro. A tour bus ran off the road and into some heavy brush, blocking the right-of-way for CSX Railroad track #2 and damaging […]

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September 24, 2021 | Margaret Attridge

Off-duty police Officer Frees Woman and Teenager From Fiery Crash

Quick thinking by an off-duty Montgomery County Police Officer led to the safe rescue of a woman and teenager from a car on fire late Thursday night. The single-vehicle collision with a tree and subsequent engine compartment fire occurred around 7 p.m. in Bethesda at Montgomery Ave and East-West Highway, according to Pete Piringer, Chief […]

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August 11, 2021 | Maya Rosenberg

Lighting-Strike in Germantown Causes $2.5 Million in Damages

During a severe thunderstorm on Aug. 10, lightning struck an apartment building off of Cloppers Mill Drive near Great Seneca Highway at around 5 p.m., causing a fire that rendered it uninhabitable. According to tweets from Pete Piringer, the chief spokesperson for the Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service, the fire caused approximately $2.5 million […]

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August 8, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Pepco Replaces Blown Lightning Arrester in Bethesda

A lightning arrester, which is placed throughout Pepco’s electric grid to protect against lightning strikes, failed Aug. 7, causing a power outage to only one customer for less than an hour, according to Pepco spokesperson Ben Armstrong. The failed arrester and fuse were replaced shortly after the incident near Gallery Bethesda Apartments on Rugby Avenue […]

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August 3, 2021 | Gracie Tanner

House Fire Displaces Two Adults in Aspen Hill

Monday, two adults were displaced after a house fire on the 14200 block of Burning Bush Lane. The home is located off of Rippling Brook Drive near the Strathmore at Bel Pre Road. No injuries occurred.

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July 26, 2021 | Deirdre Byrne

Bethesda Family Reunited with Dog Who Fell in 25-Foot-Deep Well

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue saved a dog who fell into a 25-foot-deep well in Bethesda on Saturday, July 24. The dog, named Roxy, is a cattle dog and lab mix. Roxy’s owner, Melissa Swensrud of Bethesda, told MyMCM via a text message that she was taking Roxy and her two other dogs on a […]

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July 16, 2021 | Sarah Dilworth

Tips For a Safe and Fun Hike

Outdoor sports have seen a resurgence since the beginning of the pandemic and hiking often tops the list. But,  it can also be dangerous if you don’t plan ahead. Here are some helpful tips to keep your hiking trip safe and family-friendly. With more than 250 miles of trails, Montgomery Parks features several recreation and […]

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June 30, 2021 | Maya Rosenberg

Una Persona fue Atropellada Fatalmente por un Tren de Carga en Gaithersburg

Un tren de carga de CSX atropelló fatalmente a una persona en Gaithersburg el sábado por la noche. Alrededor de 10:19 de la noche, un tren atropelló a una persona en los rieles cerca de la calle de Quince Orchard, dijo la portavoz de transporte de CSX, Sheriee Bowman. El servicio de bomberos y rescate […]

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June 28, 2021 | Deirdre Byrne

Fire Causes More than $1.5 Million in Damages to Bethesda House

A fire at a Bethesda house—located off Bradley Boulevard on Kittery Lane and Redwood Avenue—caused more than $1.5 million in damages, according to Pete Piringer, spokesperson for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services. Piringer tweeted that the fire started around 4:20 a.m. on Monday. More than 50 firefighters arrived on the scene to battle the heavy […]

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June 15, 2021 | Andrea Sarralde

El Incendio de una Casa en Damascus Causa $800,000 en Daños y Desplaza a Familia

Una casa en Damascus se incendió el lunes por la noche después de que probablemente fue alcanzada por un rayo, causando alrededor de $800,000 en daños a la casa y las casas vecinas. Según Pete Piringer, portavoz de los Servicios de Rescate y Bomberos del Condado de Montgomery, la familia que vive en la casa, […]

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