2020 | Bethesda Beat

Heavy fire damages Gaithersburg town houses

Fire official says about 15 people displaced; no injuries reported

Photo from Pete Piringer/Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service

A fire swept through a row of town houses in Gaithersburg late Tuesday night, displacing about 15 residents, according to a fire official.

The fire damaged town houses on Swallow Court, which is near Centerway Road, west of Snouffer School Road.

Pete Piringer, a spokesman for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue, wrote in a post on Twitter that all of the people and pets who were inside got out OK.

He called the damage “significant” and wrote that it was likely more than $1 million.

Piringer posted in another Tweet on Wednesday morning that fire investigators think that the fire started near an electrical outlet. The fire then spread to nearby items that easily combust.

In a video he posted on Twitter, Piringer said the fire started in a home that was in the middle of a row of town houses, then spread to others.

Fire Chief Scott Goldstein, talking to Piringer on the video clip, said crews found heavy fire on the back side of the town houses, and it spread to the interior.

None of the residents or firefighters were injured, Goldstein said.

More than 85 firefighters responded to the call, according to Piringer.

The call was dispatched at around 11:30 p.m. and was mostly under control a few hours later, according to Piringer’s tweets.