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Fire Destroys One Clarksburg Home, Damages Two Others

An early morning house fire at 23152 Persimmon Ridge Road in Clarksburg left one family without a home and damaged two other nearby houses. But thanks to the quick action of the first responding police officer residents of the neighboring homes were evacuated to safety.

According to Montgomery County Fire Rescue Senior Spokesman Pete Piringer, the family living in the fire house had moved into the home just three weeks ago, was woken up by some noises in the house at about 2:30 am on Sunday morning, Feb. 19. The occupants discovered a fire near the back porch of the home involved in a recycling bin. The residents attempted to extinguish the fire to no avail and began to evacuate and called 9-1-1.

The fire extended very rapidly up the rear of the house. Prior to MCFRS arriving on scene a Montgomery County Police Officer Jon Roark arrived at the scene and in the face of heavy fire made sure the family of four, including two children, evacuated the house.

Roark then alerted neighbors to the rapidly growing fire at the house next door. “The