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A Silver Spring-area man died Thursday night after a fire in his backyard, Montgomery County police said.

A man had gone to his father’s home and found his father in a brush fire burning in the backyard on the 1200 block of Briggs Chaney Road, Capt. Paul Starks, a police spokesman, said. The house is in the Cloverly area of northern Silver Spring.

The man was not conscious or breathing, and was declared dead on the scene, Starks said. Police are investigating his death and will identify him after confirmation from the state’s medical examiner’s office.

Investigators believe there had been a controlled brush fire in the backyard. No one else was injured.

The son had come to the house after his sister said she wasn’t able to contact their father, Starks said. The son called police just before 8 p.m.

Earlier on Thursday, rescue officials responded to another man who had caught on fire.


A worker at an auto repair shop on 16101 Frederick Road in the Rockville area was injured after his clothes ignited, according to Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service spokesman Pete Piringer. He suffered from burns on 20 percent of his body and was transported to a local hospital burn unit.