Updated with likely cause of fire
Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services (MCFRS) responded to a call for a fire on the unit block of Hutton Street of S. Summit Avenue in Gaithersburg at approximately 2pm, according to MCFRS Chief Spokesperson Pete Piringer.
Upon arrival, crews found fire and smoke coming from the two-story single family home with all occupants already out of the house. By 2:26pm, the bulk of the fire had been knocked out and firefighters were checking for any possible extension and no extension to the attic or basement was found.
Per Piringer, the likely cause was improperly discarded ashes from the fireplace (not fully extinguished). They continued to smolder in a plastic bucket, which led to the fire spreading to nearby combustibles. Weather also likely played a factor. All occupants were okay, but the family that lives in the home (including two adults, two children, and one dog) will be displaced. Approximately $85K in damage.
Update – Hutton St, bulk of fire knocked down, checking for extension, all occupants ok, @mcfrs on scene @MontgomeryCoMD https://t.co/bkBISOVRnJ pic.twitter.com/uKnKqwzTmu
— Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) February 6, 2023