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One person dead in Silver Spring house fire, no smoke alarms inside

Fire officials tweeted that responding crews encountered what appeared to be a hoarding situation inside the home.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — One person is dead following a large house fire in Silver Spring Friday night, firefighters said on social media. 

The cause of the fires is still under investigation, but Pete Piringer, a spokesperson for the Montgomery County Fire Department tweeted that there was a possible hoarding situation inside the home, with lots of furniture that may have contributed to the fire.

The blaze was first reported around 9:25 p.m. in the 10000 block of Lorraine Ave. off of University Boulevard. Responding crews found a two-story single-family home with heavy fire showing when they arrived, Piringer said on Twitter.

About 85 firefighters responded in order to bring the fire under control. After the fire was extinguished, crews searched the home and found a the body of a person on the second floor. The person was pronounced dead on the scene. That person has not been identified, and firefighters said that person was the only person in the home at the time.

No other injuries were reported.

Investigators are still working to determine what sparked the fire, but say the fire started in the bedroom and the home did not have smoke alarms.

In a tweet Saturday, Piringer estimated the fire caused about $600,000 in damage.

 

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