MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. — More than a dozen people are without a place to stay after a fire ripped through an apartment building in the Silver Spring/Glenmont area of Montgomery County late Wednesday night.
Montgomery County firefighters were called to the 2300 block of Glenmont Circle for a report of a fire around 11 p.m. Wednesday. When they arrived on scene flames and smoke were visible coming from the building.
Due to the severity of the blaze, crews on scene called for a second alarm, which allowed for more units to respond to the scene to get the fire under control.
Patrick Campbell with the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services said that all of the people in the apartment at the time of the fire were able to get out safely.
Campbell said 16 adults and five children were displaced by the fire. A total of 10 units were damaged in all. No one had to be taken to the hospital as a result of the fire, Campbell said.
The fire has been extinguished, but investigators were on scene overnight. Montgomery County fire crews said the fire started on the exterior of the three-story garden style apartment building before moving inside the building and rapidly spreading.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Firefighters estimate the blaze caused about $600,000 in damage.
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