Updated: Fire Officials Report Downed Wires, Power Outages and Inoperative Traffic Lights Tuesday Afternoon

Areas of Bethesda and Rockville affected

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Updated: Oct. 9 at 2:55 p.m.: Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service officials are reporting downed wires, power outages and inoperative traffic lights at various locations in the Bethesda-Rockville area Tuesday afternoon that possibly are due to a transformer fire and activity by a tree-cutting service.

At 11:25 a.m. MCFRS spokesperson Pete Piringer reported there were downed wires, power outages and inoperable traffic lights occurring in the area of Broad Brook Drive and Rockville Pike that could be connected to a transformer fire.

At 11:30 a.m., Piringer reported “wires down” at the 9700 block of Whitley Park Place, possibly resulting from wires burning on the outside of a tent, possibly caused by a tree-cutting service and power outages near Pooks Hill Road.

At 12:43 p.m., Piringer updated the status of the Whitley Park Place fire. He said in a tweet that a power line came in contact with several items at a town house, including an outside tent located on the back deck, which resulted in an electrical fire. The fire is under control and there are power outages in area, but no injuries have been reported. A landscaping-tree service company working in the area at the time may have caused the damage.

Piringer also reported a garage fire in the town house located next door of the Whitley Park Place property where the tent fire occurred. That fire that has also been contained and there was no report of injuries.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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