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UPDATED: Fatal Townhouse Fire in Gaithersburg (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

UPDATED Battalion Chief Kevin Frazier is at the scene of last night’s fatal fire. Frazier estimates damages from the fire at $600,000. He said the exact cause of the fire will not be known for a few days. Watch Frazier’s video update, below:

PHOTO | MCFRS

PHOTO | MCFRS

Montgomery County firefighters are investigating a fatal townhouse fire in Gaithersburg.

Firefighters responded to the two alarm fire at 1812 Windjammer Way around 10 p.m. last night.

Fire and Rescue Spokesperson Pete Piringer said firefighters arrived at the scene to discover heavy fire conditions.

Piringer said two residents evacuated with their pets from the second floor of the townhome, and called 911. A third resident was unaccounted for as firefighters battled the blaze.

According to Piringer, firefighters assisted adjacent neighbors from their townhouses. He said over 100 firefighters responded to the intense fire, and they were able to contain the bulk of the fire to the townhouse of origin.

Inside, Piringer said firefighters discovered a deceased man covered with debris in the basement. His identity has not been released.

Today, crews are planning to shore up the structure so that investigators can continue their work. The first floor partially collapsed during the fire, according to Piringer.

The cause and origin of the fire remain under investigation, Piringer said.

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