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Early morning blaze partially collapses Gaithersburg townhouse

Two residents and a firefighter are in the hospital and three families are displaced following a two-alarm townhouse fire in Gaithersburg, Maryland, early Thursday morning.

WASHINGTON — Two residents and a firefighter are in the hospital and three families are displaced following a two-alarm townhouse fire in Gaithersburg, Maryland, early Thursday morning.

The fire broke out around 4:45 a.m. in a two-story home on Oriole Place in the Quail Valley neighborhood. The heavy fire engulfed the first floor and the stairway; the blaze spread through the roof and caused the home to partially collapse.

The only two occupants of the home jumped from the second floor to escape, said Pete Piringer, spokesman for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service.

The occupants and a firefighter, who had a medical condition, were all taken to the hospital for evaluation. They are all expected to be OK.

Piringer said the two occupants of the home are alive because their bedroom door was closed.

Three town houses have been posted unsafe to occupy, displacing a total of three families.

While officials are still assessing the damage, Piringer said the dollar loss will be significant.

Almost 100 firefighters responded to the fire, and it took about 30 to 40 minutes to bring the fire under control, Piringer said.

Investigators have yet to determine the cause of the fire.

Below is a map of where the fire broke out. 


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