Fire Causes Evacuation of Downtown Bethesda Apartment Building

Charging Hoverboard believed to be cause of Sunday’s incident

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Fire officials believe a hoverboard on the fifth floor of The Metropolitan apartment building in downtown Bethesda is the source of a Sept. 16 fire

Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Services

A malfunctioning Hoverboard appears to be the source of a fire that broke out Sunday afternoon in a fifth-floor residence of The Metropolitan apartment building, resulting in a partial evacuation of the the building, an estimated $100,000 in damages and the closure of some nearby road lanes, according to Montgomery County fire officials.

In a statement on the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services hotline, spokesman Pete Piringer said the malfunction occurred while a Hoverboard was being charged, leading to a fire which “caught some nearby combustibles.”

MCFRS personnel responded to the 308-unit high-rise at the corner of Old Georgetown Road and Woodmont Avenue at about 4 p.m. Sunday. The building was evacuated and some lanes were closed while firefighters put out the fire.

According to Piringer, the building suffered $75,000 in damages and the estimated value of the damaged contents within the unit is $25,000.

No injuries were reported, he said.

 

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