Townhouses in Gaithersburg Destroyed in ‘Significant Fire’

A fire in the 8800 block of Swallow Court in Montgomery Village East in Gaithersburg Tuesday evening probably was started at an electrical outlet on an exterior wall, according to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Squad.

It spread rapidly and caused about $1.5 million in damages. Fifteen people living in three of the townhouses were displaced, and the Red Cross helped them find a place to stay. According to Pete Piringer, spokesperson for MCFRS, all people and pets got out safely. He called it a “significant fire.”

Nov. 25, the MCFRS planned to visit homes in the Gaithersburg-Laytonsville area to remind residents to check their smoke detectors.

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Suzanne Pollak

About Suzanne Pollak

Suzanne is a freelance reporter with Montgomery Community Media. She has over 35 years professional experience writing for newspapers, magazines, non-profit newsletters and the web.


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