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Police Investigating After Firefighters Discover Dead Body in Townhouse

Montgomery County Detectives from the Major Crimes Division are conducting a death investigation in Germantown after firefighters found a body in the following a house fire in a townhouse Wednesday afternoon.

Montgomery County Fire Rescue senior spokesman Pete Piringer confirmed that fire rescue personnel made the discovery after responding to 19202 Cross Ridge Drive in Germantown for the report of smoke coming from the townhouse. Late Wednesday evening, MCPD confirmed that firefighters discovered the body of an adult male in the townhouse.

MCFRS units were called to middle-of-the-row townhouse at about noon on Wednesday, Oct. 10 when a neighbor notified a 9-1-1 operator that there was smoke coming from the next unit. Firefighters arrived to find the townhouse, which is at the very end of Cross Ridge Drive and backs up to Gunners Lake, filled with smoke, and the fire extinguished by the building’s sprinkler system.

Montgomery County Police confirmed that the decedent’s body has been transported to Baltimore where the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) will conduct an autopsy. The decedent will be identified once family members have been notified.

Piringer did not know if the death was the result of the fire or if a medical emergency while cooking led to the death and subsequent fire.