MCFRS News Release

For Immediate Release:
January 11, 2015

Release ID: 15-02
Contact: Public Information Office
(240) 777-2442 Media Line
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Silver Spring House Fire

Montgomery County, MD - - -  At approximately 9:05 AM on Sunday, January 11 fire and rescue units from MCFRS were dispatched for a house fire at 9711 Admiralty Drive, Silver Spring. First arriving units reported fire and smoke showing from the basement windows of a one story single family home.

As the fire appeared to be well advanced, due to portions of the first floor having already been burned through, Incident Command requested that a Rapid Intervention and Task Force assignment be dispatched bringing additional units and personnel to the scene. Approximately 75 firefighters total responded to the scene.

Fire Investigators proceeded to conduct an origin and cause investigation that determined the fire originated in the ceiling void space of the basement. This continuous void space in the ceiling area allowed for extensive fire spread prior to the fire being discovered by a neighbor, as the occupants were not home, who noticed smoke coming from the house.

The cause of the fire is listed as accidental. Three adults were displaced as a result of the fire which caused $200K of damage to the structure and $50K to the contents. Two cats were missing an unaccounted for.

Photos of fire can be found HERE

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