A family has been displaced after a fire ripped through the house at 18303 Aspen Dale Court in Boyds.
Montgomery County Fire Rescue Service began receiving multiple calls for a house fire in the cul-de-sac shortly after 9:00 pm on Thursday night. Neighbors reported that the flames began near the garage area where a number of cars were parked.
The five occupants of the house, the family, and their guest, along with their pets, were alerted by smoke alarms and escape unharmed, according to MCFRS senior spokesman Pete Piringer. One firefighter was treated for minor non-life threatening injuries.
Neighbor John Roberts, who lives two doors away on the cul-de-sac, said he was sitting in his home office and happened to look out the window and saw the flames. Roberts reported hearing small explosions as the fire spread to vehicles in the garage and quickly to through the entire house.
When firefighters arrived, they encountered heavy fire from the garage area with flames showing through the roof of the two-story house. Arriving units quickly called for the rapid intervention task force to assist at the scene of the fire, which bumped the call up to two alarms.
Shortly after firefighters began the interior attack, they were quickly pulled out of the building when it became clear that the much of the structure near the garage was not sound. Within minutes, part of the roof and the left side of the house collapsed. Firefighters were then forced to attack the fire using ladder pipes and exterior attacking hoses.
Montgomery County Fire Chief Scott Goldstein said via a Twitter video that MCFRS personnel used a transitional approach to fight the fire starting with exterior attack and transitioning to an interior mode to battle the fire.
The fire burned so hot that the exterior of neighboring houses was melted and burned. MCFRS used heavy duty hose streams to protect the exposures. The fire destroyed the house and four cars parked adjacent to the house or in the garage.
The cause of teh fire remains under investigation. Firefighters remained on the scene performing overall and clean-up until well after midnight.
Top: First arriving firefighters encountered heavy fire at 18303 Aspen Dale Court.
Next: Due to the partial collapse of the brick the exterior wall, MCFRS personnel used a transitional attack, starting with exterior and moving to an interior attack once the bulk of the fire had been knocked down.
Next: Units from Fire Station 722 were the first arriving units, they were assisted by units from fire stations 729, 734, 708, 735, among others.
Next: Firefighters continued pour water on the fire raging in the pile of collapsed wall.
Next: MCFRS were eventually able to attack the fire from inside the house.
Next: Firefighters worked to extinguish the fire near the two vehicles parked in the driveway.
Photos by Germantown Pulse.
Videos courtesy MCFRS.