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Most evacuated after high-rise fire return home

Thursday - 8/18/2011, 6:28am  ET

WASHINGTON -- Most of the 1,500 people evacuated from a Silver Spring high-rise apartment building are back in their homes after a fire in the building's boiler room.

The smoke from the fire and a power outage that occurred Wednesday forced the evacuation of the building.

Montgomery County Police spokeswoman Lucille Baur says 100 people -- mainly families with small children or senior citizens -- stayed overnight at Springbrook High School.

Pepco spokesman Clay Anderson says crews restored power to the building in the 1700 block of Old Columbia Pike about 2:30 a.m. Thursday.

Fire department spokesman Capt. Oscar Garcia says firefighters were called to the building Wednesday night and found smoke coming from a boiler room and electrical closet area. Garcia says at least two electrical panels were damaged, so authorities cut power to the building.

Two people were treated on the scene and no one was seriously injured.

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