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UPDATE: Arsonist Left Message at Clarksburg Townhouse Fire



UPDATE 9:10 pm: The arsonist left message for the person that was targeted by the fire. Once the fire trucks pulled away Monday morning, investigators and residents found vandalism at the site in the form of a graffiti message in spray paint on the ground in the alley right in front of the unit which was burned.


The message "FU Dom" sprawled across the ground in white paint in front of the unit at 22663 Majestic Elm Court in Clarksburg. The Germantown Pulse has learned that arsonist may have targeted the wrong address. Residents report that a man named Dom lives in 22665 Majestic Elm Court. While the unit at 22665 was damaged by the fire, the bulk of the damage was caused next door at 22663 Majestic Elm Court.

The Pulse has learned that the family, which includes a nine-month old infant, which bore the brunt of the arsonists attack was not home at the time of the fire. That family has been displaced by the fire. No one was injured.

Montgomery County arson investigators ask anyone with any information about the fire to call the MCFRS Arson Tipline at (240) 777-2263.

ORIGINAL STORY - Posted at 2:30 pm:

Montgomery County Fire Investigators have determined that pre-dawn fire at a Clarksburg townhouse was intentionally set.

The fire which, according to MCFRS senior spokesman Pete Piringer caused more than $75,000 to two middle units of the townhouse in the 22600 block of Majestic Elm Court in Clarksburg at 5:45 am on Monday, Sept. 5.


Fire officials announced shortly before 2:00 pm Monday afternoon that it had been determined that arson was the cause of the fire which damaged two units of the townhouse row. Piringer said that most of the damage had been external, with some smoke damaged to the internal areas of both units.


Piringer said that while no one was home in one of the damaged units at the time of the fire, residents of the neighboring unit were alerted by smoke alarms. No injuries were reported.

Montgomery County arson investigators ask anyone with any information about the fire to call the MCFRS Arson Tipline at (240) 777-2263.

Captions:

Top: MCFRS units on the scene of a fire at a townhouse in Clarksburg.

Next: MCFRS Truck 534 extends it's later to allow firefighters to check for hot spots in the attic of the townhouse at 22600 block fo Majestic Elm Court in Clarksburg.

Next: A firefighter checks for fire extension in the attic area.

Photos by Germantown Pulse.


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