Ten Hospitalized and Dozens Displaced After Fire and Explosion in Gaithersburg; Details on How You Can Help Those Affected

by Patrick Herron

A fundraiser has been set up by Making Homes Possible (MHP) to help those affected by this morning’s fire and explosion at the  Potomac Oaks apartments in the 800 block of Quince Orchard Blvd in Gaithersburg. According to officials, ten people were transported to the hospital, two with critical injuries and eight (4 adults/4 children) with mild/moderate injuries. Dozens of residents from 24 different units across four buildings have been displaced. According to County Executive Marc Elrich, “Montgomery County’s Department of Health and Human Services will run aid operations out of the Activity Center at Bohrer Park for people displaced by this morning’s explosion.” Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services will be holding their next press conference at 5pm to provide an update.

Per MHP:
100% of the donated funds will go to families impacted by the fire. A November 16 fire injured multiple residents, including several children, at a condominium complex at 826 Quince Orchard Boulevard in Gaithersburg. Many people were evacuated with little or nothing and now are in temporary shelter. At the request of Montgomery County, MHP is collecting financial donations to help affected families. 
While this is not an MHP property, we maintain close ties with the community through the many affordable housing properties we have developed in Montgomery County, and are playing a role by managing financial donations to help impacted residents. Thank you for lending a hand to our neighbors!”


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