Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services (MCFRS) were called to the scene of a 2nd alarm fire on the 3500 block of Landing Way off of Norbeck Rd near Georgia Avenue in Olney on Friday night. According to MCFRS PIO Pete Piringer, crews arrived on the scene at approximately 8pm and were able to knock down the bulk of the fire by 9pm. There were no injuries reported.
Eight townhouses in total were damaged by the fire and three families were unable to re-occupy their homes. Fire pit ashes that were placed inside a plastic trash bag and left outside near the ground-level deck are likely what ignited the fire, according to Piringer. Damages are estimated to be around $1,500.000.
Update (~8p) 3500blk Landing Way, Norbeck Crossing; Origin & Cause, outside/exterior deck area, accidental/under investigation (leading theory, likely misplaced fire pit/place ashes); Total Damage, >$1.5M, eight (8) homes damaged; several families displaced >8 people; no injuries https://t.co/dBLMjjg18d pic.twitter.com/QEltVUGLZ3
— Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) October 1, 2022