1 dead after tent fire at Rockville homeless camp

Montgomery County firefighters on the scene of a fatal fire in Rockville. (Courtesy Montgomery County Fire Department via Twitter)
Montgomery County firefighters on the scene of a fatal fire in Rockville. (Courtesy Montgomery County Fire Department via Twitter) (Courtesy Montgomery County Fire Department)
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Montgomery County firefighters on the scene of a fatal fire in Rockville. (Courtesy Montgomery County Fire Department via Twitter)

WASHINGTON — A person was killed after a tent caught fire at an apparent makeshift homeless camp in Rockville, officials say.

The fire broke out just after midnight Thursday in a a wooded area in the 5400 block of Randolph Road.

Montgomery County fire department spokesman Pete Piringer says authorities received a 911 call from a convenience store about a structure fire near auto warehouses.

Officials say arriving firefighters found the tent fully engulfed in flames along with several abandoned vehicles at what appeared to be a homeless encampment.

One person was found dead where the tent caught fire. Officials haven’t positively identified the victim.

Piringer says the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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