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Fire Displaces Family in Damascus

A family has been displaced after a fire ripped through a home on Primrose View Court in Damascus last night. This fire is the third major fire in the UpCounty area of Montgomery County in 12 days.

Montgomery County Fire Rescue Service units were called to 9400 Primrose View Court shortly before 9:00 pm on Monday, March 21. Arriving firefighters encountered heavy fire conditions upon arrival, and immediately requested additional units including the rapid intervention task force, according to MCFRS senior spokesman Pete Piringer. More the 85 firefighters were called to the scene.

According to fire officials, three members of the family were home at the time of the fire, and all were able to escape the flames without injury.

Firefighters initially began to attack the fire on the interior of the two-story single-family house, however, due to the severity of the fire and fear of structural collapse all firefighters were ordered to evacuate the building. MCFRS ordered a collapse zone to be established. Just one week ago, eight firefighters were injured when a townhouse collapsed when firefighters were entering the building on Churubusco Lane in Germantown. That fire displaced multiple families.

The fire began outside of the house, according to Piringer. It was determined that the fire was caused by improperly discarded smoking materials in a mulch pile which ignited the siding of the house. The fire displaced a family of five and caused over $600,000 in damage to the house and its contents. No injuries were reported.


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