Update: Man arrested and charged for Potomac arson


The fire caused moderate damages

POTOMAC, Md. (WDVM) — UPDATE 10/29: A man was arrested and is facing arson charges after authorities say he set a house and car on fire in Montgomery County.

John O’Donnell, 4, of Bensalem, Pennsylvania is facing multiple charges for a house fire on the 11,000 block of Korman Drive in Potomac. A woman and multiple animals were rescued by fire crews. O’Donnell is being charged with attempted 1st degree murder, home invasion, 1st degree arson, 1st degree burglary, 2nd degree arson, reckless endangerment, and malicious destruction.


An arson investigation is underway after a woman and multiple animals were rescued from a Montgomery County house fire Monday night.

11 fire response crews were called to the 11,100 block of Korman Drive in Potomac. Upon arrival, they found a vehicle on fire that extended to the house. Firefighters rescued a woman from a second-floor bedroom, she was taken to a hospital for evaluation. Five cats were also rescued.

“When units arrived on the scene they had a vehicle on fire, pretty significant fire in the vehicle and smoke coming from the house,” said Pete Piringer, Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Services.

Officials say the fire caused moderate damages.

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