Firefighters Battle Two Fires in Freezing Temperatures

Four adults and four children displaced in Gaithersburg; about 20 displaced in Olney


A fire on the deck of a house on Garth Terrace in Gaithersburg.

Via Pete Piringer

In temperatures in the teens, firefighters on Friday night extinguished two serious fires, which displaced about two dozen people, according to a fire department spokesman.

A dryer in the basement of a house on Garth Terrace in Gaithersburg caused a fire in the evening, spreading to all floors of the house after its occupants got out safely, Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service spokesman Pete Piringer wrote on Twitter.

Four adults and four children were displaced. The fire caused significant damage to the house’s structure and damages were estimated at $650,000.

The fire in the same house rekindled early Saturday morning, according to Piringer. Firefighters returned to find a heavy fire on the second floor and a partial collapse at about 2:45 a.m. No one was inside because of the earlier fire.

On Softwood Terrace in Olney, a fire broke out after flammable liquid was used to restart a fire in a fireplace, according to Piringer. Firefighters were alerted by a neighbor who saw the deck on fire.

About 20 people were displaced after the two-alarm fire spread to five townhouses. Several residents and two firefighters were injured.

Firefighters remained at the residence through the night. The fire caused more than $1 million in damage.

Firefighters also responded to a small fire on Billingsgate Lane in Gaithersburg early Saturday, just after midnight, according to Piringer. The small fire was a result of improperly discarded fireplace ashes, but no one was injured.

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