Rockville Firefighters Rescue Woman Uninjured but Trapped in Burning Apartment Building
Shortly before 5PM Sunday evening, Montgomery County Career and Volunteer Firefighters, along with firefighters from the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) Fire Department, responded to an apartment fire at 104 Duvall Lane in Gaithersburg.
Firefighters arrived and found multiple apartments on fire and quickly initiated fire attack and searches for any trapped occupants. Career and Rockville Volunteer Firefighters assigned to Rockville’s Rescue Squad 703 located a woman trapped in an adjacent apartment. They quickly and safely extricated her with the assistance of a Tower Ladder truck from Fire Station 708 (Russell Avenue). She was not hurt.
No injuries were reported, however several dozen people were displaced. The American Red Cross of the National Capital & Greater Chesapeake Region responded to assist the displaced occupants.
The fire is believed to have been electrical in nature, and is believed to have originated in the void space between the second floor ceiling and the floor of the third floor apartments.
As of late Sunday evening, damage was estimated to be around $1.75 Million, according to Montgomery County Fire/Rescue Chief Spokesman Pete Piringer.