De­bris thrown at fire­fight­ers, po­lice

The Washington Post - - RELIGION - BY MARTIN WEIL

Fire­fight­ers gen­er­ally find them­selves wel­come at a blaze, but in Mont­gomery County this week, some­one be­gan throw­ing kitchen pots and hot, burned de­bris at them, author­i­ties said.

The un­ex­pected turn of events oc­curred Thurs­day at a three-story town house in the Clarks­burg area. Po­lice said they were sent there about 5:30 p.m. in re­sponse to a call about a man be­hav­ing vi­o­lently.

A 911 op­er­a­tor could hear a smoke alarm in the back­ground, and man­aged to learn of a kitchen fire. Fire­fight­ers and po­lice were sent to the scene in the 22000 block of Fair Gar­den Lane.

Fire­fight­ers were tak­ing a hose into the kitchen, ac­cord­ing to po­lice, when they found a man in­side who re­fused to leave.

In­stead, they said, he be­gan throw­ing ob­jects, as the stove burned and flames spread.

When vi­o­lence oc­curs at a fire scene, ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, fire de­part­ment pro­ce­dure is to pro­tect po­ten­tial fire vic­tims while wait­ing for po­lice of­fi­cers.

When of­fi­cers en­tered amid heavy smoke, a po­lice state­ment said, ob­jects were again thrown. Again, the man re­fused to leave and po­lice re­treated.

Fi­nally, af­ter of­fi­cers brought shields and a stun gun, the man was sub­dued, po­lice said. But even as flames in­ten­si­fied, they said, he re­sisted be­ing hand­cuffed. Even­tu­ally, he was taken out­side, the po­lice said, and the blaze was quelled.

The man was taken to a hos­pi­tal, and 10 of­fi­cers were treated for smoke in­hala­tion, po­lice said.

They said the mat­ter is still be­ing in­ves­ti­gated. With no charges filed, po­lice said Fri­day, no name could be re­leased.

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