Building Fires in Silver Spring, Gaithersburg Displace Residents

No one was injured in weekend incidents
Firefighters respond to an apartment building fire on Plymouth Street in Silver Spring.

Fires broke out in buildings in Silver Spring, Gaithersburg and Germantown over the weekend, displacing several residents, according to the Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service.

Firefighters responded to a fire in an apartment building on the 7800 block of Plymouth Street in Silver Spring at about 4 p.m. Friday, according to MCFRS spokesman Pete Piringer. There was smoke coming from the door, but all the occupants got out safely. The fire, which was in the living room, was quickly put out. One family of three adults was displaced.

At about 6:15 Friday evening, a fire on a third-floor balcony in the Asbury Methodist Village senior community on Russell Avenue in Gaithersburg left one person displaced. Sprinklers were activated. Piringer wrote on Twitter that the cause of the fire was likely discarded smoking materials. It resulted in about $12,000 in damages.

On Saturday, a fire was sparked by wiring in a void space in a home on Weisman Road in the Glenmont area of Silver Spring. It spread to the kitchen and caused about $150,000 in damages; the house was unoccupied at the time, according to Piringer.

In another incident, a Germantown family of one mother and two children under age 4 escaped their Gravinia Circle home after a smoke alarm and sprinklers alerted them to a fire in a third-floor bedroom when the mother was cooking downstairs on Saturday morning, according to Piringer. He did not specify the amount of damage, but it was limited to one bedroom.

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