SILVER SPRING, md. - A 19-year-old faces arson charges after an early morning fire that damaged a home in Montgomery County.
The fire happened around 2:30 a.m. in the 16000 block of Sea Island Court in Silver Spring.
Officials say a smoke alarm alerted the family to the fire. They delayed their call to emergency crews while they tried to put out the blaze themselves.
Eventually a second alarm was called and more than 70 firefighters responded.
Frigid temperatures made the fire extremely difficult to extinguish. Fortunately, no injuries were reported.
An unidentified 19-year-old was charged with one count of first degree arson and three counts of reckless endangerment in connection with the fire. Authorities estimate damages at more than $350,000.
MCFRS FFs contended w/ heavy fire upon arrival, adverse weather conditions (frigid temps), fortunately family got out, no civ or FF injuries pic.twitter.com/q7HNw52pHq— Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) December 16, 2016