Overheated Stereo Causes Olney Apartment Fire, Displacing Dozens

An electrical fire at the Camelback Village apartments in Olney on Saturday has displaced more than 20 adult residents, 10 children, and several pets, according to Pete Piringer, the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue spokesperson.

The apartment is located at 3226 Spartan Road off of Route 108. Scott Goldstein, MCFRS’s fire chief, said on Twitter that 911 was called about smoke in the building after 9 a.m. on Saturday, and more than 100 firefighters responded to the emergency.

The fire started in a first-floor bedroom. Piringer said that the cause of the fire was a “stereo” malfunction that had “insufficient clearance” — the stereo was located on a shelf and was “surrounded by ordinary combustibles.”

Piringer said that several residents were evaluated by EMS for smoke inhalation. One firefighter and one civilian faces “non-life threatening” injuries from the fire, Piringer said.

Red Cross came to help residents and Piringer said Pepco was also at the scene. The damage from the fire is estimated to be about $1 million, Piringer said.

Fire officials also noted that several neighbors in the area “jumped into action” before firefighters even arrived at the scene.

Fire in Olney Apartment

Here’s a real-time look at the chaos the fire brought to the Olney community Saturday morning. The fire caused road closures in the surrounding areas.

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Deirdre Byrne

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Deirdre Byrne is a social media coordinator for Montgomery Community Media. She can be reached at dbyrne@mymcmedia.org or on twitter at @DeirdreByrneMCM.


2 Responses to “Overheated Stereo Causes Olney Apartment Fire, Displacing Dozens”

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    On June 2, 2019 at 1:09 pm responded with... #

    This is the fault of the owner & tenant of that apartment . .. The other tenants should sue for all loses including any days missed from work over this incident …

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    On June 6, 2019 at 12:13 pm responded with... #

    I may have a 1 bedroom at Camelback for rent if any one is interested please contact me at lgarcia42660@gmail.com.

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