BREAKING NEWS: At the very least 12 individuals – consisting of kids – are harmed after being caught in melting Maryland apartment: Fire splits with residences in ‘mass casualty’ event
- Twelve individuals consisting of 4 kids are harmed in an enormous surge that tore with a Maryland apartment on Wednesday early morning
- Ten individuals were required to medical facilities, with one seriously damaged, authorities claimed
- The two-alarm fire in Gaithersburg, Maryland tore with a framework 800 block of Quince Orchard Boulevard near Rabbit Road around 8am
- A guy that functions close-by and also really felt the blast claimed ‘it seemed like we were flopped
At least twelve people – including four children – were injured in a massive explosion that tore through a Maryland apartment complex with some of its residents still trapped inside in what is being called a ‘mass casualty situation.’
The two-alarm fire in Gaithersburg, Maryland ripped through a structure 800 block of Quince Orchard Boulevard near Rabbit Road around 8:40am Wednesday morning.
The explosion demolished a portion of the residential building, Montgomery County Fire & Rescue spokesperson Pete Piringer said.
Ten people were taken to area hospitals with two of the injured transported to a trauma center. The children sustained ‘mild to moderate’ injuries, and two other people were treated at the scene and declined to be taken to a hospital, officials said.
Montgomery County Fire Chief Scott Goldstein said ‘the building has sustained a significant explosion that resulted in a collapse,’ WBAL-TV reported.
More than 100 firefighters and rescue personnel responded to the fiery blast.The cause of the fire is still unknown.
The two-alarm fire in Gaithersburg, Maryland ripped through a structure 800 block of Quince Orchard Boulevard near Rabbit Road Wednesday around 8:40am, fire officials said
Montgomery County Fire & Rescue were alerted to the fiery explosion on Wednesday morning
A graphic image of the garden-style apartment building engulfed in thick heavy smoke
Firefighters work to extinguish the blaze as they look for other people who may have been trapped inside
By 8:50am, the fire went to a second alarm. It took firefighters at least 40 minutes to get the blaze contained as they continued to search for anyone trapped inside the burning building.
Many posted on Twitter that they could see the black smoke billowing from miles away.
A man who works nearby and felt the blast said ‘it felt like we were bombed.’
Video and images from the scene showed the massive destruction left by the fiery blaze with a gaping hole that leveled a portion of the apartment building.
Drone footage captures the smoke rising from the residential building
Drone footage shows the apartment building fire that went to a second alarm by 8:50am. It took firefighters at least 40 minutes to get the fire contained
The massive destruction was seen along the grass where a portion of the building once stood
A fire that broke out on Wednesday morning at Quince Orchard Boulevard. Firefighters had conducted primary searches for victims and secondary searches were being done. The photos show a gaping hole in between the buildings and the debris and rubble on the ground
Rockville Volunteer Fire Department arrive on the scene to assist with additional firefighters and units to extinguish the fire and help search for more victims
A civilian captured the Wednesday morning blaze from a nearby McDonald’s parking lot
Firefighters from the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department were on the scene to assist the Montgomery County Fire & Rescue.