Silver Spring apartment building fire on April 2, 2013 (MCFRS/Tim Burns)
SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County fire officials say a man is in critical condition at a burn center after a two-alarm blaze in Silver Spring on Tuesday morning. Several other people, including a six-year-old child, were also taken to hospitals, according to officials.
Beth Anne Nesselt, spokeswoman for the department, says dispatchers received a report of a fire at 415 Silver Spring Avenue shortly before 7 a.m. The department was just a short distance away, literally up the street, from the apartment building.
Once firefighters arrived on scene they found orange flames shooting from the top floor of a 6-story apartment building. Cell phone video captured the intense fire. A request for a second alarm was transmitted shortly after arrival.
Firefighters to rescue several elderly residents who threw their belongings out of the window. Some residents were escorted down the stairs to safety. Four people were rescued by ladder.
As many as eight people were injured. A fire spokesperson said, "One is an elderly adult with priority one, serious, life-threatening injuries as a result of burns and smoke." A 57-year-old man was also burned. A middle-aged woman suffered non-life-threatening injuries and a six-year-old child was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
The evacuated residents took refuge inside Ride-On buses that were called to the scene for temporary shelter. Residents are expected to be allowed back inside in a couple hours.
We are told this is the second time a fire has happened in this sixth floor apartment.
The incident is under investigation by Montgomery County Fire Marshals.