A Germantown woman has been arrested for setting the two-alarm fire which did more than $150,000 to a Gaithersburg motel earlier this week.
On Tuesday night, Montgomery County Fire Rescue Services units were called to the Motel 6 at 497 Quince Orchard Road in Gaithersburg about 10:30 pm, October 30. Upon arrival firefighters found heavy fire coming from a guest room 238 on the second floor of the three-story motel, according to MCFRS senior spokesman Pete Piringer.
The fire charred one guest room in the motel and a second alarm was issued as a precaution, according to Piringer. The fire forced the evacuation of the motel and MCFRS units assisted in getting motel guests to safety. He said, about 85 firefighters were on scene to fight the fire on Tuesday night. No injuries were reported the night of the fire.
Fire officials on Thursday announced that Joy Roselle Lloyd, 37 of Crystal Rock Drive in Germantown has been arrested and charged with First Degree Arson and Reckless Endangerment. Piringer said investigators determined that the fire had been intentionally set and began to develop Lloyd as a suspect.
Piringer said Lloyd is believed to have been the person staying in the room the night of the fire. Investigators found that she had used some sort of “ignitable liquid” to set the fire. Montgomery County Fire & Explosives investigators used arson dogs to detect the accelerant in the burned out motel room.
If convicted on the First Degree Arson charge, Lloyd could face 30 years in prison and a $50,000 fine, and if convicted of the Reckless Endangerment charge she could face five years and $5,000.
Top: MCFRS were called to the Motel 6 at 497 Quince Orchard Road in Gaithersburg for a fire which investigators say was intentionally set.
Next: Investigators have charged Joy Roselle Lloyd with First Degree Arson and Reckless Endangerment.
Next: The fire burned most of the second-floor room of the Motel 6.
Photos courtesy MCFRS.