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Overnight Fire Destroys Damascus Home and Police Cruiser

Firefighters faced explosions from the police vehicle as the fire consumed ammunition contained in the vehicle.

The overnight fire destroyed a Damascus home and a Montgomery County police cruiser.

MCFRS were called to the 26600 block of Haney Ave for the report of a house on fire shortly before 3:00 am on Friday morning. According to MCFRS Battalion Chief Daniel Ogren and on-duty public information officer Daniel Orgren, first arriving crews found a single-story, ranch-style home heavily involved in fire, along with a police vehicle adjacent to the home, also on fire.

MCFRS crews discovered that the vehicle was a police cruiser. “There was ammunition in the police cruiser affected by the fire. Explosions were heard in the vehicle. There were no injuries as a result of the ammunition explosions,” said Orgren.

Firefighters extinguished the fire, but only after the house suffered severe damage and the vehicle was completely destroyed.

Orgren said the cause and origin of the fire remains under investigation. “It will take some time to determine as the damage was significant,” he said.

Two individuals were transported to local hospitals suffering from minor smoke inhalation.

File Photo by Germantown Pulse.