Fire destroys Gaithersburg barbershop, damages other Gaitherstowne Plaza businesses

The fire caused $300,000 damage and left the Platinum Barbershop condemned and forced the closure of others.
The fire at the Gaitherstowne Plaza went to two alarms and brought about 75 firefighters to the scene on May 14, 2019.
The cause of the fire at Platinum Barber in Gaithersburg was an electrical power strip.
Firefighters are seen on the scene of the Platinum Barbershop May 14, 2019.
Emergency personnel arrived on the scene of the fire at the Gaitherstowne Plaza in Gaithersburg around 5:10 a.m. May 14, 2019.
Pets at the Gaithersburg Animal Hospital sheltered in place May 14, 2019 as firefighters put at a blaze at the Platinum Barbershop.
The fire caused at least $300,000 damage at the Gaitherstowne Plaza in Gaithersburg on May 14; 2019.
The inside of Platinum Barber is seen after the fire on May 14, 2019.
A fire that started in the Platinum Barbershop in Gaitherstowne Plaza Tuesday morning caused about $300,000 damage to businesses in the Gaithersburg, Maryland, shopping center.

The cause of the fire is likely an electrical power strip, according to Montgomery County Fire & Rescue spokesman Pete Piringer.

The barbershop has been condemned by Gaithersburg officials.

The two-alarm fire occurred at 5:10 a.m. the shopping center in the 200 block of North Frederick Avenue, Piringer said.

About 75 firefighters responded to the scene. No injuries were reported.

The fire caused significant water and smoke damage to several businesses.

There was water and smoke damage at Deshi Bazar, Signature Salon and Gaithersburg Animal Hospital.

The dogs and cats at the animal hospital are OK. Piringer said they sheltered in place.

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