SILVER SPRING, Md. (CBSDC) — One man is dead and several others are injured following an early morning apartment fire in Silver Spring.
Montgomery County fire and rescue personnel were called at about 6:45 a.m. Tuesday to Montgomery Towers Apartments at 415 Silver Spring Ave. When firefighters arrived on the scene they found a fire burning in an apartment unit in the top floor of the six-story building, with heavy smoke and flames showing.
Edward Mager, 63, was unconscious when firefighters found him in the hallway of his sixth floor apartment, officials say. He was taken to the burn unit of a local hospital where he succumbed to life-threatening injuries a few hours later.
Firefighters used ladders to rescue a number of other residents who were trapped inside the burning apartment, county fire spokesman Scott Graham say.
The three others pulled from the fire — an elderly female, an adult female and 6-year-old — all suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Fire crews from Montgomery and Prince George’s counties were aided by federal crews on the scene and had the blaze under control in about 40 minutes. At the height of firefighting operations, more than 100 firefighters were on the scene, fire officials said.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.