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Townhouse Fire Displaces Two Families in Germantown

November 19, 2016

A peaceful Saturday morning in Germantown was ruined by what fire officials believe to be an electrical fire at a townhouse unit in the 20000 block of Appledowre Circle.

   Montgomery County Fire Rescue units were called to the middle-of-the-row townhouse shortly before 8:00 am on Saturday, Nov. 19. Arriving units found a heavy smoke condition which quickly gave way to flames and visible fire on the exterior of the townhouse at 20020 Appledowre Circle.

   All occupants escaped the fire without injury. However, one adult female was transported to a local hospital for anxiety and is expected to be treated and released, according to fire officials. Senior MCFRS spokesman Pete Piringer said that at least two families, five or six people in total, will be displaced by this fire which caused more than $50,000 in damage to several units in the townhouse row.

   According to Piringer, the origin of the fire was an electrical box near the door of the townhouse. The fire extended to the exterior of the townhouse and into the walls of the dwelling. More than 45 firefighters were on the scene to extinguish the fire before it spread to other units in the townhouse row.

   The townhouse is in the Greenfields at Brandermill condo neighborhood. According to Piringer. “The cause of the fire is still under investigation; it appears to be accidental and electrical in nature. Neighbors tell me they have been having electrical power problems for a while; PEPCO was development working on the row of townhouses; allegedly the power may have been out to half dozen or so townhouses.”

 

Captions:

Top: MCFRS units were called to the 20000 block of Appledowre Circle early Saturday morning for an electrical fire.

Next: Firefighters rehab on a wall at the rear of the fire unit, which was damaged by the fire which was contained mostly to the exterior of the townhouse.

Next: MCFRS units parked at the rear of the townhouse.

Next: Firefighters checking for fire extension in the interior of the townhouse which suffered more than $50,000 in damage.

 

Photos by Germantown Pulse.

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