Gaithersburg condo fire forces dozens of adults, children into freezing temperatures

GAITHERSBURG, Md. – For the second time in three days, a major fire displaced dozens of adults and their children in Montgomery County.

Fire and Rescue officials say they were called to the 800 block of Quince Orchard Boulevard around 4:45 a.m. Saturday morning, where flames were visible on the top floor.

Spokesman Pete Piringer says the fire started in an attic area above the top floor condo.

The cause has not been determined yet, but it is likely accidental.

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue says 39 adults and 22 children were displaced as a result of the fire.

Fortunately, there were no major injuries, but one police officer had to be transported for smoke inhalation.

Dozens of families went across the street to Brown Elementary School for shelter and assistance with the American Red Cross and the county’s emergency management and social services.

“Many of them left in flip flops and night clothes, we had to help them with clothing and other things like that,” says Earl Stoddard, Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. “This is a terrible event for a very large number of people and we’re trying to make it as bearable or reasonable as possible.”

Approximately 60 people were displaced on Thursday night after a fire in Aspen Hill due to a furnace malfunction.

Piringer says they have gotten a ton of other calls for fires related to heating and/or heating devices.