Three fires that broke out early Thursday in Gaithersburg, Maryland, were set intentionally, and arson investigations are underway, officials say.
Montgomery County fire officials say that five fires happened between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m., including one that tore through the roof of a strip mall.
Fires at the strip mall, Montgomery Village Eye Center and a vehicle fire on Watkins Station Circle are all being investigated as arson.
"Gaithersburg Police Department and the Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Services are investigating these incidents together," police said.
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The roof of a Dollar Choice store on East Diamond Avenue was overrun with fire and smoke billowed from the building. The fire didn’t burn inside the store, but caused upwards of $180,000 worth of damage, officials said.
A business owner whose restaurant was damaged in that strip mall told News4 investigators have surveillance footage that may help them find a suspect.
Officials initially reported four blazes in a brief window. Two of those are not currently under investigation as arsons, a garage fire on Dellcastle Road and a shed and fence fire on Divot Place.
Anyone with information is asked to contact an arson tip line at 240-777-2263.
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