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.
ICYMI - Garth Ter, Montgomery Meadows TH, condition upon arrival at 245a (rekindle) previous fire at 630p, had been extinguished & rechecked at midnite, ~60 FFs responded, temps were single digit w/ windchill -5° pic.twitter.com/kjzma0rDWo— Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) January 6, 2018
Update - Olney 2nd Alarm THs fire, Row of townhouses damaged in the fire, at least 1 firefighter & 1 civilian (burns/smoke) only injuries thus far, significant damage, >100 FFs on scene......ice everywhere, air temperature 10°windchill ‘feel like’ temp -5° pic.twitter.com/p8YqBelKlY— Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) January 6, 2018