Two people died following a domestic fire in early Monday morning in Montgomery County, just off the Maryland and D.C. lines. Fire officials call this the first and second fire disasters in the residential quarter of the year in the county.
WASHINGTON – Two people died after a house fire on early Wednesday morning in Montgomery County, right on the Maryland and D.C. lines. Fire officials call this the first and second fire disasters in the residential area of the year.
The Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service staff arrived at the 4900 block on Western Avenue at 1 am.
Fire Chief Scott Goldstein told a neighbor The first call reported the "fully involved" house fire across the street.
The firefighters located two people and took them out of the house, but they succumbed to their injuries. They were the only two inhabitants of the house.
Firefighters say the fire is under control at 3:30, but crews continue to work in hot spots. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but at the first sign there are probably no functioning smoke detectors in the house, says the spokesman for the Fire and Rescue Service of Montgomery County, Pete Piringer.
But boss Goldstein added that people should be wary of space heaters and fireplaces, as they cause many house fires in the cold months.
Western Avenue is closed on both roads between River Road and Ellicott Street Northwest due to the fire.
Below is a map of the area where the fires happened.
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