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Man Throws Burning Objects at First Responders as Fire Grows Around Him in Clarksburg Townhouse



Montgomery County Police and Fire Rescue personnel had to battle a battle a deranged man before they could get to work extinguishing the fire the man had started in the kitchen of his Clarksburg townhouse on Thursday night.

Police and fire personnel had to make three separate entries to the townhouse because the man began throwing burning objects at them in an attempt to stop them.

“It was a very chaotic scene,” said 5th District Commander, Capt. Mark Plazinski. “The incredibly heroic actions by the officers involved make me proud to be a Montgomery County Police officer.”

The incident began when 5th District MCPD officers were dispatched to the townhouse in 22100 block of Fair Garden Lane in Clarksburg shortly after 5:30 pm on October 11, for the report of a violent subject “destroying” the townhouse.


According to Police, “As the caller to 9-1-1 was hanging up, the Emergency Communications Center call-taker could hear a smoke alarm going off in the background, but couldn’t confirm details of a fire, other than it was originating in the kitchen.” At that point, MCFRS units were also dispatched to the three-story middle-of-the-row townhouse.

Upon arrival, the female caller to 9-1-1 was outside the residence, and she confirmed that her 48-year-old boyfriend was still inside and had likely been drinking before becoming destructive and starting a fire in the kitchen of the residence, said police.

According to MCFRS senior spokesman Pete Piringer, MCFRS Company 734 from the Milestone Fire Station arrived at the scene and made entry to the first floor accompanied by an MCPD officer. “With light smoke conditions, crews advanced a hose line to the kitchen, where they encountered the male resident,” said Piringer. “He refused to get out. The resident was standing at the stove throwing burnt material at the firefighters and police. The stove was on fire, with fire extendi