Woman, cats displaced after house fire
Investigators think it was intentionally set
Photo from Pete Piringer via Twitter
A woman and multiple cats were displaced after a house fire in Potomac Monday night that investigators say might have been intentionally set.
Pete Piringer, a Montgomery County Fire & Rescue spokesman, wrote on Twitter that firefighters responded to a call at 11132 Korman Drive just after 10:30 p.m. on Monday, and found a car and the house on fire. They rescued someone from the second floor who was trapped, he wrote.
In another tweet, Piringer wrote that fire investigators believe the fire was intentionally set, and is being investigated as an arson.
In an interview Tuesday, Piringer said the occupant, a woman, was taken to the hospital with injuries considered not to be life-threatening.
Additionally, four cats escaped the fire, he said. A fifth cat was unaccounted for as of 2:15 p.m.
Piringer said investigators think fires were intentionally set to the car and inside the house. The fire caused about $100,000 in damage.
Piringer said fire investigators were canvassing the neighborhood Tuesday afternoon to try to get more information. They are asking anyone with information to call the arson tip line at 240-777-2263.
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