Cause of Wheaton Restaurant Fire Appears to be “Suspicious in Nature”; ~$750K in Damage

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services (MCFRS) responded to a call for a fire in the basement of Rumba Y Carbon, a restaurant located at 11222 Grandview Ave (off of Veirs Mill Rd) in Wheaton, early Sunday morning.  According to MCFRS Chief Spokesperson Pete Piringer, the call came in at approximately 3:30am and approximately 65 firefighters responded to the call to get the fire under control and eventually extinguished.

On Monday, Piringer tweeted that the “fire is still under investigation, but origin & cause appears to be suspicious in nature.” Total damage is estimated to be $750K, including $500K to structure and $250K to contents. One employee of the restaurant was transported to the hospital with minor burns and other non-life threatening injuries. We will post an update if additional information becomes available.

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