Wheaton Duplex Fire Displaces Several Residents, Damages Estimated at $500,000 (VIDEOS & PHOTOS)



It took nearly 100 firefighters to battle a two-alarm duplex fire in Wheaton on Wednesday that has displaced several residents.

It happened at the 12000 block on Berry Street around 4 p.m., according to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue officials.

Firefighters encountered heavy fire upon arrival and neighborhood streets had to be closed, Fire and Rescue Spokesperson Pete Piringer said. The fire started in the outside deck area, he said.

No one was home at the time of the fire and all residents were accounted for, Piringer said. No injuries were reported.

Officials report that a total of five residences, two sheds and fencing were damaged. Damages are estimated at half a million dollars, and the cause of the fire is still under investigation, Piringer said.


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Maureen Chowdhury

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Maureen Chowdhury is a multimedia journalist with Montgomery Community Media. She can be reached at mchowdhury@mymcmedia.org and on Twitter at @MediaMaureen. Maureen authors the blog Sound Check on MyMCMedia.


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