A “catastrophic explosion” and hearth injured 12 individuals, together with 4 kids, inside a Maryland condo complicated Wednesday, authorities mentioned.
Firefighters in Gaithersburg responded to calls round 8:40 a.m. of an explosion and hearth that brought on a partial constructing collapse, Montgomery County Hearth Chief Scott Goldstein mentioned at a information convention, based on WUSA 9.
Not less than 100 firefighters responded to the hearth, which was principally extinguished by 9:30 a.m.
Two adults had been transported to the hospital in essential situation whereas two different adults and 4 kids had been taken to hospitals with solely delicate accidents. Two others had been handled on the scene for his or her accidents. No fatalities have been reported.
“The constructing has sustained a big explosion leading to a structural collapse,” Goldstein mentioned.
When the hearth first broke out, some neighbors ran towards the flames, trying to assist others escape the burning constructing.
Linson Matute Mendez instructed WUSA 9 he was in a position to assist three injured individuals escape by the smoke, together with a mom and her child.
Residents of the 24 condo items have been displaced because of the injury from the hearth and are presently sheltering at Boherer Park, Goldstein mentioned. One household was nonetheless unaccounted for Wednesday night, and it was unclear in the event that they had been residence when the explosion occurred.
Some firefighters remained on scene in a single day to ensure the flames didn’t spark up once more. Hearth officers imagine pure fuel was feeding a hearth within the basement of the complicated, however that it isn’t clear whether or not it brought on the explosion.
Earlier than the firefighters arrived on the scene, upkeep employees used a painter’s ladder to rescue two individuals from the constructing, together with one individual on a rear balcony,
Previous to the arrival of firefighters, Goldstein mentioned upkeep employees used a painter’s ladder to rescue a resident from a balcony. He additionally mentioned Pink Cross items are on the scene to help these displaced.
“It’s too early to make conclusions. Too early to make details about what brought on this,” Goldstein mentioned.
Different buildings within the space have additionally been checked and there are not any considerations about fuel in these buildings. The Montgomery County Workplace of Emergency Administration, Homeland Safety and the American Pink Cross had been all on the scene.
The reason for the explosion remains to be below investigation.