Two-Alarm Fire in Gaithersburg Apartment Displaces Several Families

Dozens of firefighters responded to an apartment fire in Gaithersburg Nov. 13, according to Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Services.

At approximately 1:20 p.m. Friday afternoon, firefighters arrived at the scene on Washington Grove Lane. The fire was in an unoccupied third story apartment, according to Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service (MCFRS) Chief Spokesman Pete Piringer.

Over 90 firefighters were dispatched to the two-alarm scene. The first entry to the apartment was made through the window. First responding crews had difficulty entering the apartment due to the door being held shut by “extreme locks,” according to Piringer.

MCFRS was able to extinguish the fire without difficulty, and it was contained to only the initial apartment. The apartment suffered significant damage, but there were no injuries. Dozens of residents were evacuated from the building, and Piringer estimates that people in at least four to five units will be displaced.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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Brendan Hartlove

About Brendan Hartlove

Brendan Hartlove is a senior broadcast journalism major at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism. In September 2020, he joined Montgomery Community Media as an intern. At the University of Maryland, Brendan has been a sports play-by-play broadcaster, news anchor, video reporter, writer, and podcast host. In May 2020, Brendan was recognized as the #5 most outstanding collegiate sports broadcaster in the nation by the 2020 Jim Nantz Award.

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