12 injured in explosion and fire at condominium complex in Gaithersburg


BALTIMORE– At least a dozen people were injured, including children, Wednesday morning after a fire and explosion at a condominium complex in Gaithersburg, Montgomery County Fire Department said.

Ten people were hospitalized, Montgomery County Fire Chief Scott Goldstein said, including two adults taken to a trauma center. Four adults and four children who suffered “minor to moderate” injuries were also hospitalized.

Units responded around 8:40 a.m. to the explosion in a row of houses in the 800 block of Quince Orchard Boulevard. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue spokesman Pete Piringer said around 9 a.m. there were “intense fire conditions upon arrival,” and a second alarm was sounded.

Piringer tweeted photos of the smoking building, which was reduced to rubble in places. As of 9:30 a.m. most of the fire had been brought under control and secondary searches were underway, he said.

Fire officials shared an update at 2 p.m. saying Washington Gas had shut off the gas to the buildings, but there was still a smoldering fire.

There’s a resident that emergency responders haven’t been able to contact, and it’ll be a several-day response.

More than 100 firefighters and rescuers were on the scene, WJZ’s Mike Hellgren reports.

Brown Station Elementary School, a school near the incident, will close early starting at 12:30 p.m. Parents are asked to pick up their children at the Robertson Youth Center on Rabbitt Road. Parents must have their identity documents for the reunification.

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