MCFRS News Release

Fire and Explosive Investigators Keep Busy

Woman Arrested for Attempted Murder for Thanksgiving Day Fire

Suspicious Fires in Twinbrook Neighborhood Cease

Montgomery County Fire and Explosive Investigators have arrested and charged a Clinton, Maryland (Prince George's County) woman with attempted murder and an assortment of other arson related charges for her involvement starting fire in an occupied Gaithersburg apartment building in the early morning on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22, 2007. Krystal Wilcox, age 22, has been arrested and charged and is currently detained with a no bond status.

In another case, on November 11, 2007 fire and rescue units from Montgomery County were dispatched for a building fire at 11605 Lockwood Drive, in White Oak. Firefighters found smoke conditions in a 3-story garden style apartment. Multiple small fires were discovered throughout the building and were quickly extinguished. The fires are suspicious. A person of interest has been identified.

At 7:30 a.m. Thursday, November 8, 2007 fire and rescue crews responded for a fire in the rear of a house at 5721 Denfield Road, in the Twinbrook area of Rockville. First arriving firefighters encountered smoke coming from a vacant, two-story single family house. There were no serious injuries reported. Damage is estimated to be $150,000. Fire Investigators believe the fire is suspicious and was intentionally set.

Around 6:45 a.m. on Wednesday, November 14, 2007 units were dispatched for the report of a house fire at 13005 Ardennes Avenue, also in Twinbrook. Firefighters discovered a fire in the rear of a house with extension into the structure. About 45 firefighters responded. There were no injuries. Damage was estimated to be $15,000. The fire was suspicious. Fire Investigators believe a series of fires in and around the Twinbrook neighborhood were similar in nature and may be linked.

On the evening of November 14, after the fire on Ardennes Avenue, firefighters and fire investigators went door-to-door in the neighborhood talking about fire prevention, fire safety, as well as promoting the arson tipline, looking for information. Numerous tips were received from the community. A person of interest was developed. That person was questioned and is currently being detained on unrelated charges. There have been no suspicious fires of a similar nature in that area since this person has been detained.

Anyone with information about arson is asked to contact the Montgomery County Arson Tip Line at (240) 777-2263.