A house fire in Maryland’s Montgomery County had an explosive end when the head caused ammunition and other ordinance in a police cruiser to cook off.
The fire took place in Damascus at around 3 AM, spreading through the home and into the police cruiser, which was parked right next to it.
“The vehicle was a police cruiser, and there was ammunition in the vehicle affected by the fire,” explained Battalion Chief Dan Ogren with Montgomery County’s fire department. “Explosions were heard from the vehicle.”
While the explosions caused no injuries, the officer and another individual were hospitalized for smoke inhalation.
“The entire front side of the house was engulfed in flames,” said Jim Daly, who lives across the street. “Any kind of residential fire in the middle of the night is always cause for concern. And with any kind of car fire, you’re worried about gasoline and the fire reaching the tires of the vehicle and exploding. Thankfully, in this case, all the residents got out with just minor injuries.”
The fire is under investigation, though officials claim the fire was started outside of the home.
“It will take some time as the damage was significant,” Ogren said.
According to WTOP, residents claimed the police officer was a nice guy who had been living there for about a year.