Fire dept: Building fire, explosion in Gaithersburg
A fire department spokesman said on Twitter there are “heavy fire conditions” in the 800 block of Quince Orchard Boulevard near Rabbit Road.
Montgomery County, Maryland, fire department officials are on the scene of a fire and explosion at a building in a residential area of Gaithersburg Wednesday morning.
Shortly after 9:30 a.m., a fire department spokesman said the bulk of the fire had been knocked and rescue crews were on the scene conducting searches.
The fire and possible explosion in the 800 block of Quince Orchard Boulevard near Rabbit Road were reported about 8:40 a.m. and fire department spokesman Pete Piringer reported “heavy fire conditions” shortly before 9 a.m.
There is no word yet on any injuries.
Well over 100 firefighters and rescue crews responded to the scene, according to Piringer.
Photos from the scene showed a row of partially collapsed three-story brick townhouses and piles of rubble.
Video from the scene showed some of the front doors of some building units had apparently been blown into the parking lot several dozen feet away from the building.
Quince Orchard Boulevard between Rabbit Road and Diamond Drive is closed.
This is a developing story. WTOP has a reporter headed to the scene.
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