Lightning Strike Sparks Fire at Gaithersburg Condo Complex; Metro Labor Union Action Causes Service Delays

Lightning Strike Sparks Fire at Gaithersburg Condo Complex; Metro Labor Union Action Causes Service Delays

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Gaithersburg condo building catches fire after lightning strike

Lightning struck a Gaithersburg condominium complex Tuesday, sparking a fire that displaced several families. No one was injured in the fire at the Potomac Oaks complex. The Red Cross arrived to aid the families that were forced out of their homes. [ABC7]

Metro experiences service delays related to union action 

Metro officials say an “unauthorized labor action” by its employees caused service delays Wednesday. Members of the union had decided to arrive late to work, according to the transit system. A system spokeswoman said managers and supervisors had been filling the gaps, and while there were some bus delays, rail service was largely unaffected. [WTOP]

Elections board meets ahead of ballot counts

The Montgomery County Board of Elections held a closed-door meeting on Independence Day. A spokeswoman for the board said members met to prepare for counting provisional ballots Thursday and absentee ballots Friday. The remaining ballots could be difference-makers in the Democratic primary for county executive; currently, County Council member Marc Elrich is only 149 votes ahead of businessman David Blair. [WTOP]

Syrian refugees march in Takoma Park parade

Several Syrian refugees were among those who marched in Takoma Park’s Independence Day parade, walking to the song “This Land Is Your Land.” One of the refugees, Yara Houran, told a reporter that it made her proud to participate in the patriotic procession. [NBC4]

Gaithersburg company is researching treatment for drug-resistant cancer

A Gaithersburg biotech is raising money to develop a therapy to treat drug-resistant cancers. The company, miRecule, Inc., wants to finish pre-clinical research for a head and neck cancer treatment. The company is looking to raise $1 million for the effort. [Washington Business Journal] 

More heat, scattered showers ahead for Thursday 

Thursday could bring isolated showers and thunderstorms. The high is expected to top 90 degrees, with a heat index of about 101 degrees.

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