Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS)

October 8, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Police, Fire Rescue Service Investigate Multiple Fires and Commercial Burglary

Gaithersburg Police (GPD) and Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) are investigating five fires and a commercial burglary that occurred around 1-2 a.m. Thursday morning, GPD said in a release. The “suspicious situations” happened in the Gaithersburg and Montgomery Village areas, police said. GPD asks anyone with information to call the Investigative Section at […]

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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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September 7, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Propane Explosion at Landscaping Company in Laytonsville

Three people were injured Tuesday morning after an explosion and collapse at a commercial site in Laytonsville, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) officials said. MCFRS responded to 23601 Laytonsville Road shortly before 8 a.m. Ruppert Landscape is headquartered and manages its corporate office at the location. One person was rescued from the building, […]

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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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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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July 9, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Collision Involving Truck on I-270 Injures Two

Two adults were taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries following a collision on Southbound I-270 Friday morning, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) Chief Spokesperson Pete Piringer said. A two-vehicle collision involving a tree-trimming truck occurred just past Muddy Branch Road, Piringer wrote around 7:20 a.m. The truck overturned and the two […]

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June 28, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

‘Mass Casualty Incident’: Deck Collapse Hospitalizes Six With Non-Life Threatening Injuries

A townhouse deck collapsed in a Germantown neighborhood Sunday night, sending six adults to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) Chief Spokesperson Pete Piringer said a group of people were having a cookout on the deck in the 12400 block of Walnut Cove Circle. Probably due to a […]

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June 28, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Six Adults Hospitalized After Deck Collapse in Germantown 

Six adults were taken to a local hospital after a townhouse deck collapsed Sunday night in the 12400 block of Walnut Cove Circle in Germantown, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) Chief Spokesperson Pete Piringer said. Nine people were evaluated in total. There were no serious injuries, Piringer said. He said the group was […]

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June 25, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Montgomery County Will Not Host July 4 Celebration, Fireworks 

Montgomery County will not host fireworks or an Independence Day celebration this July 4, according to a release from the county. The county could not guarantee the “Germantown Glory” and “Mid-County Sparkles” events would be possible due to uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic earlier this year, the statement said, and the county did not enter […]

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