A car was destroyed in a fire set in front of La Frontera restaurant at 3 Russell Avenue in Gaithersburg. The fire was reported around 3:15 a.m. and is one of at least six fires Sunday being investigated as arson. Credit: Pete Piringer

At least six fires set in Gaithersburg early Sunday morning are being investigated as arson and a person of interest was taken into custody, according to Pete Piringer, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) spokesperson. 

Two of the outside fires being investigated were reported around 2:30 a.m. at South Frederick Avenue and around 3:15 a.m. at Russell Avenue, Piringer said in a social media post. 

Piringer told MoCo on Monday morning that he still does not have the exact number of fires that occurred and all their locations. 

The person of interest taken into custody Sunday is being questioned, Piringer told MoCo360. 

Also, there were no injuries reported, but there was significant property damage, Piringer said. 

Montgomery County Fire/Explosive Investigators are currently investigating these incidents and anyone with information about these fires should call the arson tipline at 240-777-2263, according to Piringer. 


This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.