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

(TM and Copyright 2014 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2014 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

More From Maryland


Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Listen Live