Man Charged With First Degree Arson For Chevy Chase Apartment Fire
CHEVY CHASE, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — Montgomery County Police say they have arrested a man who admitted to setting fire to an apartment complex in Chevy Chase Tuesday that displaced at least 80 residents from their homes and injured two firefighters.
24-year-old Abraham Kiflu of Chevy Chase was arrested overnight and has been charged with first degree arson.
Kiful is related to a tenant in the building. It is not yet clear what his motive was for sparking the fire.
The three-alarm fire damaged at least 20 units and injured two firefighters.
Fire department spokesman Scott Graham said Tuesday, the fire broke out about 2:15 p.m. in the 2800 block of Terrace Drive. The fire started in a top-level corner unit of the Round Hill Apartments and spread quickly.
Officials say one firefighter suffered a serious but non-life threatening injury, and another suffered a minor injury.
Police say more charges are pending for Kiflu.
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