One person is dead after a crash started a fire that tore through multiple businesses in Damascus, Maryland, late Sunday night.
Montgomery County firefighters were called to a commercial building in the 9800 block of Main Street around 11 p.m. Sunday after a vehicle sped into a storefront, sparking a blaze that spread to the surrounding businesses.
Fire department spokesperson Pete Piringer said a limousine company, restaurant and spiritual adviser were among the businesses impacted.
A second alarm was called to bring in additional firefighting resources. Around 80 fire personnel responded to the scene, including units from Frederick and Carroll counties.
— Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) December 20, 2021
Subfreezing temperatures made matters worse, Piringer said, with overnight lows in the mid 20s causing surrounding roads to ice over from the water used for firefighting efforts. Salt and sand trucks were requested to help manage the icy conditions.
The fire caused over $650,000 in damages. The identity of the driver involved had not been made public as of Monday morning, and the circumstances surrounding the crash are still under investigation.
The WTOP Traffic Center reports closures on Main Street and Ridge Road were lifted around 5 a.m. Monday. Several of the affected businesses remain closed.
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WTOP’s Alejandro Alvarez contributed to this report.