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Massive 3-Alarm Fire Rips Through Rockville Apartments

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A massive fire burns at an apartment complex in Rockville. (credit: Brad Freitas/@NewsChopperBrad)

A massive fire burns at an apartment complex in Rockville. (credit: Brad Freitas/@NewsChopperBrad)

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UPDATED: April 1, 2014 10:01 a.m.

LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — A massive three-alarm fire the size of a city block ripped through an apartment complex in Rockville early Tuesday morning.

As many as 200 firefighters battled the flames, which could be seen shooting from the top of the Gables Upper Rock Apartments by motorists driving on nearby Interstate 270. The sight caused a nine-mile rubbernecking delay on the roadway.

Police closed a section of Shady Grove Road between Rockville Pike and I-270 as Montgomery County firefighters worked to bring the fire under control.

Authorities were first called to the apartment complex around 4:15 a.m.

Portions of the complex have recently been completed and have residents. However, the impacted building was still under construction, according to Montgomery County Fire Department spokesperson Pete Piringer.

The building contained 150 apartments, many of which were completely destroyed by the fire. The apartments were near completion and scheduled to be rented in the coming weeks, according to WNEW’s Jim MacKay.

No injuries were reported in the fire.

A nearby Home Depot brought bottled water to firefighters at the scene.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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