- - After this morning, Montgomery
County Fire and Rescue Investigators arrested 24 year old Abraham
Ogazgi Kiflu of Chevy Chase. Fire
Chief Richard Bowers stated that the man went to the 3rd District
Police Station during the night and asked to speak with the Fire Marshal.
During that interview, Kiflu voluntarily confessed to starting the fire. Kiflu
was charged with 1st Degree Arson. Additional charges are pending.
Kiflu is a relative of the tenant and was living there at the time of the fire.
Exact circumstances and details are not immediately available due to the
The fire was reported at on May
1, 2012 at 2815 Terrace Drive
in Chevy Chase. Montgomery County Fire and Explosive
Investigators report that the fire damaged or destroyed 34 units of which 2
were not occupied and displaced more than 100 people. The fire caused in excess
$1,000,000.00 damage to the structure and contents. Approximately 125 fire and
rescue personnel responded and were on the scene for more than 4 hours.
No civilians were injured. Two firefighters
suffered injuries. One firefighter was transported to a local trauma center
with serious non life threatening injuries related to heat and the other with
minor orthopedic to a local hospital. Both firefighters have since been