Fire Destroys North Potomac Home Where Wedding Party Had Gathered

No injuries reported in the blaze that caused an estimated $450,000 in damage


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Fire tore through a home in North Potomac on Sunday.

Via Pete Piringer's Twitter

Flames on Sunday ripped through a North Potomac home where more than a dozen people were staying overnight before a wedding.   

All occupants of the house in the 14900 block of Keeneland Circle escaped without injuries, but the fire caused an estimated $300,000 in structural damage and $150,000 in damage to the home’s contents, according to Montgomery County fire & Rescue Service spokesman Pete Piringer.

Authorities say the blaze started in or around a large recycling bin that was outside the garage doors and suspect it was sparked by some discarded smoking materials. Some people had been outside smoking in the driveway, according to Piringer. However, the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The smell of smoke alerted the home’s occupants to the 2:30 a.m. fire, and about 65 firefighters headed to the scene to douse the flames.

While the family who lived at the home is displaced, the couple decided to go ahead with their wedding on Sunday, according to a WJLA report.

Matthew Denakis and Coral Ben-Atar had driven to Maryland from Fort Benning, Georgia, to celebrate their marriage with family members and friends.

The fire ruined some decorations for the ceremony but didn’t damage Ben-Atar’s wedding dress, which had been left in a car overnight, or the Army uniform that Denakis was planning on wearing, WJLA reported.

Bethany Rodgers can be reached at bethany.rodgers@bethesdamagazine.com

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