$800K fire in Bethesda highrise destroys dozens of apartments

The accidental electrical fire produced heavy smoke on several upper floors and lobby area, and the sprinklers contained the fire on 9th floor.

The fire caused damage on a number of upper floors and in the lobby area.

Here’s another example of the damage caused by the electrical fire that was mostly likely caused when an arc blew through the metal housing of a busway, fire officials said.

The damage from the fire was about $800,000. Of that, $750,000 in damage was to the building, while $50,000 was to its contents.

About a 1,000 people and their pets were evacuated from the 400-unit Grosvenor House around 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

Emergency vehicles outside Grosvenor House.
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Dozens of people who live in a Bethesda, Maryland, high-rise apartment building remain without a place to live Friday morning following an accidental electrical fire that caused $800,000 in damage Thursday afternoon.

About a 1,000 people and their pets were evacuated from the 400-unit Grosvenor House around 12:30 p.m.



Montgomery County Fire spokesman Pete Piringer said flames began in an electrical closet on the 9th floor of the North tower, causing heavy smoke on multiple floors.

No injuries were reported as residents in about 30 apartments on the eighth, ninth and 10 floors were displaced.

According to Piringer, the units on those floors are uninhabitable.

Below is the map of location of Grosvenor House in Rockville.

WTOP’s Matt Small contributed to this report.

Tadiwos Abedje

Tadi Abedje is a freelance digital writer/editor for WTOP. He was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Northern Virginia. Journalism has been his No. 1 passion since he was a kid and he is blessed to be around people, telling their stories and sharing them with the world.

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