MCFRS Respond to Building Fire and Explosion in Gaithersburg

by Patrick Herron

Montgomery County Fire & Rescue services responded to building fire and explosion at 800 Quince Orchard Blvd, near Rabbit Rd, in Gaithersburg on Wednesday morning. According to Chief Spokesperson for MCFRS Pete Piringer, first responders arrived to heavy fire conditions and 2nd alarm dispatched. We will continue to update as additional information becomes available.

9:34am Update: Quince Orchard Boulevard, bulk of fire has been knocked down primary searches are completed & secondary searches being conducted.

11:00am Update: Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Chief Scott Goldstein provided the following update on this mornings explosion and building fire at the Potomac Oaks apartments in the 800 block of Quince Orchard Blvd in Gaithersburg.

-Initial calls to 911 came in at 8:40 for a fire/explosion at building 826.
-Ten people have been transported to the hospital, two with critical injuries and eight (4 adults/4 children) with mild/moderate injuries. No children sustained critical injuries. Two individuals were treated on the scene and refused transport.
-No active rescues currently going on as the building is not safe for rescue personnel to go in.
-Several residents are still unaccounted for (they could be at work).
-Residents from 24 units across four buildings have been displaced
-A maintenance worker on site rescued residents with a ladder prior to MCFRS’ arrival.
-Residents report smelling gas prior to explosion
-Nearby Brown Station Elementary School is working on a dismissal plan. The school was not affected by the fire/explosion.
-MCFRS will provide the next update at 2pm.

Per MCFRS: “MCFRS Units on the Scene – BUILDING FIRE WITH EXPLOSION * 800 Block of QUINCE ORCHARD BLVD * GAITHERSBURG Building Fully Involved with Partial Building Collapse. ”

Per MCPD: MCFR and MCPD on scene of an apartment fire and explosion on the 800 block of Quince Orchard Blvd. Media staging at 849 Quince Orchard Blvd. Enter from Rabbitt Rd.

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