Tree Falls on Home of 100-Year-Old Woman; High Winds Result in Damage, Crashes and Fires

Fire damages Adventure Theatre in Glen Echo Park as storm conditions expected to continue through the day

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A tree fell on a Kensington house, injuring a 100-year-old woman.

Via Pete Piringer

A 100-year-old woman was injured after a tree fell on her Kensington home and trapped her in her bedroom early Friday morning, according to Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service.

First responders rescued her from the East Bexhill Road house and she was taken to the hospital with injuries considered serious but not life-threatening, according to MCFRS spokesman Pete Piringer. The rescue was one of many conducted Friday morning as emergency crews dealt with tree damage, car crashes and fires that resulted from the high winds hitting the area.

A tree fell on a Brixton Lane house in Bethesda and caused structural damage, but the occupants got out safely. A tree fell into a house on Westbourne Terrace in Gaithersburg, causing the roof to collapse, though no one was trapped. Trees also fell on houses in Germantown, White Oak and Burtonsville; no injuries were reported.

There was a fire at the Adventure Theatre in Glen Echo Park. It’s not clear what caused the fire, but the extreme wind made it more difficult for firefighters to work on the roof, according to Piringer. The damage was moderate.

A tractor trailer attempting to avoid a tree struck a guardrail on the inner loop of the Beltway near Rockville Pike, resulting in a multivehicle crash. A large tree blocked several lanes, though they have since been reopened.

A car hit a downed tree on Fernwood Road in Bethesda, blocking several lanes.

A tree and wires fell and blocked Beech Tree Drive near Winterberry Lane in Bethesda. A large tree fell and blocked traffic at Baltimore Road and Gladstone Drive in Rockville, causing a transformer fire after wires came down. Carey Street in Wheaton was closed after a large tree damaged several vehicles.

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