12 injured in Maryland apartment fire and explosion

Rate this post

Twelve people were injured, two seriously, in an explosion and fire at a Maryland apartment building on Wednesday and the residents of one unit have not been identified, a fire official said.

Fire crews responded to the garden apartment complex on Quince Orchard Boulevard in Gaithersburg around 8:40 a.m. for an explosion in the building and a fire with a partial collapse, Montgomery County Fire Chief Scott Goldstein said. in a press conference. Maintenance staff used a ladder to rescue two people from the building, including a person on a rear balcony, Goldstein said.

Two people were treated at the scene and 10 others were taken to hospitals, including two adults in critical condition, Goldstein said. The remaining eight, including four children, were taken to hospitals with mild to moderate injuries.

Most of the occupants of the two directly affected buildings have been contacted and accounted for, but officials have been unable to reach residents of one unit, Goldstein said.

Other buildings in the surrounding areas have been checked and there are no concerns about gas in those buildings for residents who can re-occupy their homes on Wednesday night, he said.

By mid-morning, firefighters had put out the fire and a gas-fueled fire raged in the building until gas service was shut off, he said.

People told investigators at the scene that there was a smell of gas Wednesday morning, but Goldstein said there were no 911 calls reporting a gas leak before the explosion. The last gas-related call at one of the affected buildings was in late September, he said.

Author Profile

Nathan Rivera
Allow me to introduce myself. I am Nathan Rivera, a dedicated journalist who has had the privilege of writing for the online newspaper Today90. My journey in the world of journalism has been a testament to the power of dedication, integrity, and passion.

My story began with a relentless thirst for knowledge and an innate curiosity about the events shaping our world. I graduated with honors in Investigative Journalism from a renowned university, laying the foundation for what would become a fulfilling career in the field.

What sets me apart is my unwavering commitment to uncovering the truth. I refuse to settle for superficial answers or preconceived narratives. Instead, I constantly challenge the status quo, delving deep into complex issues to reveal the reality beneath the surface. My dedication to investigative journalism has uncovered numerous scandals and shed light on issues others might prefer to ignore.

I am also a staunch advocate for press freedom. I have tirelessly fought to protect the rights of journalists and have faced significant challenges in my quest to inform the public truthfully and without constraints. My courage in defending these principles serves as an example to all who believe in the power of journalism to change the world.

Throughout my career, I have been honored with numerous awards and recognitions for my outstanding work in journalism. My investigations have changed policies, exposed corruption, and given a voice to those who had none. My commitment to truth and justice makes me a beacon of hope in a world where misinformation often prevails.

At Today90, I continue to be a driving force behind journalistic excellence. My tireless dedication to fair and accurate reporting is an invaluable asset to the editorial team. My biography is a living testament to the importance of journalism in our society and a reminder that a dedicated journalist can make a difference in the world.