Germantown Apartment Fire Tuesday Morning Causes $250,000 in Damage

by Patrick Herron

An apartment fire on the 12000 block of Grey Eagle Ct. in Germantown that involved the balconies of two apartments has caused $250,000 in damages and left one family displaced.

The incident, which occurred around 3:45am Tuesday morning, was the result of improperly discarded smoking materials.  The occupants of the apartment smoked a few hours before the fire and placed cigarette butts into a plastic bin used to collect discarded smoking materials, according to Chief Spokesperson for Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Pete Piringer. The occupants awakened when the balcony was on fire and briefly attempted to fight the fire before evacuating the building.

Over 40 firefighters responded to the scene and there were no injuries reported.




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