Fire Damages Gaithersburg Businesses, Destroys Barbershop

A fire has destroyed a Gaithersburg barbershop and brought significant damage to a number of businesses in Gaitherstowne Plaza near North Frederick Avenue and Chestnut Street.

According to Pete Piringer, spokesperson for Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Services, more than 75 firefighters were on the scene after 5 a.m. on Tuesday responding to a fire that originated at a cutting work station in Platinum Barber.

Piringer said on Twitter that nobody was injured at the scene and the health inspector was notified.

Although the fire was contained to Platinum Barber, Piringer said that other businesses — including Deshi Bazar, Signature Salon, Kenny’s Sub Shop, and Gaithersburg Animal Hospital — were significantly damaged from water and smoke. The animals at the hospital are safe, Piringer tweeted.

Piringer estimates around $300,000 worth of damages caused by the fire, and some of the businesses in the area are closed as a result. A power strip at Platinum Barber likely caused an electrical fire, Piringer tweeted.

Many businesses in the area are damaged, and as a result of the fire, the health inspector has ordered Platinum Barber to close.

Gaithersburg Animal Hospital is, however, open today and the damage to their business was mostly contained to its front doors.

Mohd Obaied, the owner of Deshi Bazar, a South Asian grocery store, said that the business is still open, but the ceiling has been damaged by smoke.

Ivan Humberson, the fire marshal for the City of Gaithersburg, said Signature Salon and Kenny’s Sub Shop were damaged from water but will reopen.

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Deirdre Byrne

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