The Gazette explores what may happen to the Karma Academy, the former site of a residential facility for youths and, prior to that, home to Silver Spring resident Gary Batz.
Friday, March 1, 2013
Friday, February 22, 2013
Cause of fire still under investigation.
A fire early Wednesday caused $250,000 in structure damage to the Karma Academy, a youth treatment facility that has been vacant for years. The cause of the large blaze is still under investigation, fire officials said in a press release Friday. At around 4:30 a.m. Thursday, firefighters were dispatched to 175 Watts Branch Parkway for an initial report of a fire in the woods. But crews arrived to find a large vacant building engulfed in flames. No injuries were reported.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
MCFRS: Cause of fire under investigation; no injuries reported
Firefighters are investigating what sparked a two-alarm fire that broke out at a vacant facility in Rockville early Thursday. Asst. Chief Scott Graham said firefighters were dispatched at around 4:45 a.m. to 175 Watts Branch Parkway, the site Karma Academy treatment facility for boys. The facility has been closed since 2010. The fire was extinguished by 7 a.m., according to Graham. No one was injured in the blaze. Graham said the damage was still being assessed and the cause of the fire had not yet been determined.