Shed fire believed to be arson


Authorities in Montgomery County are saying a devastating fire affecting a family business is a case of arson.

The fire began at around 4 a.m. Sunday on Atherton drive near north Bethesda.

A can of accelerant was found next to the home of the Hernandez family and is believed to have been used to burn down their shed.

The shed contained over $70,000 in valuable equipment and machines needed for the families landscaping business.

No one in the Hernandez family was hurt and the fire was stopped before it spread to their home.

“It is terrible what they did to us,” said Jose Hernandez. “I never expected something like that in this neighborhood. I have been living here for many years, over 25 years and I had no idea somebody could do something like this to anybody. This is really bad.”

Anyone with information regarding the incident is being asked to call the Montgomery County arson tip line at 240-777-226.

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