More than 100 firefighters battle blaze
Montgomery County, MD - - - A two-alarm fire that damaged a number of units in a Silver Spring Apartment building has left one man, believed to be in his 60’s, in critical condition with life-threatening injuries at a local burn center. Several other residents, including a 6-year old child, were transported to area hospitals with injuries ranging in severity.
Montgomery County Fire and Rescue units were dispatched shortly before 7:00 a.m. to the Montgomery Towers apartment building at 415 Silver Spring Avenue for the report of an apartment fire. Units arrived on the scene with fire showing and heavy smoke conditions from a top floor apartment and requested additional units. Firefighters were able to successfully rescue several residents trapped by the fire including several dramatic rescues from a top floor balcony. At the height of firefighting operations, over 100 firefighters were on the scene.
Ride-On buses were requested to shelter the evacuated residents from the cold weather and representatives from the Red Cross and building management were assisting the displaced residents.
Firefighters will be out in force later today in the community where this fire occurred handing out safety information and offering to check smoke alarms and replacing any batteries or smoke alarms as needed. Fire investigators are currently on the scene to determine the origin and cause of the fire and updates and additional information will be provided when available.