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50 Families Displaced After 2-Alarm Md. Fire

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Photo credit: Montgomery County Fire Department

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ASPEN HILL, Md. (WNEW/AP) — Montgomery County fire officials say 50 families have been displaced from their homes after a two-alarm fire.

Fire department spokesman Pete Piringer says firefighters called to Manor Apartments on the 14300 block of Georgia Avenue on Thursday evening found heavy smoke coming from the three-story building.

Piringer says it took dozens of firefighters about a half hour to put out the fire. He says medics evaluated an 11-year-old boy at the scene, but no one was injured.

The blaze was contained to the building where it started, but Piringer says authorities had to shut off utilities to other buildings, displacing 50 families. He says investigators believe the fire was caused by faulty electric wiring in the walls that sparked combustible material and likely burned undetected for a time.

The blaze caused $650,000 in building damages and $350,000 in contents, Piringer says.

Photo credit: Montgomery County Fire Department

Photo credit: Montgomery County Fire Department

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