Dozens of his residences are being left after a fire broke out in an apartment building in the Maryland Leisure World early Saturday morning, damaging more than 30 residences.
Dozens of their homes are being left after a fire broke out early Saturday morning in a residential building in the Leisure World of Maryland, damaging about 30 homes.
Around 1:30 p.m. Saturday morning, Montgomery County firefighters were sent to a burning house in a leisure world at Elkridge Way 15210 – a resort-style, secluded building near Norbeck reserved for residents 55 and older.
The first respondents witnessed flames from the second and third floors of the three-story, garden-style condominium. Pete Piringer, a spokesman for Montgomery County Fire Department and EMS, said alarms would sound and an evacuation would take place when staff arrived at the scene.
The 3-alarm fire is causing significant damage to the Elkridge Way apartment building in the Leisure World community. The Leisure World is age-restricted (55+), gated development, inhabited primarily by retirees. The alarm sounded and they fled on arrival @mcfrs FFs. No injuries pic.twitter.com/LoMMCn91JR
– Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) November 28, 2020
First classifying as “significant” in the Twitter post, “probably dozens of people forced to leave their homes” Piringer said the capital’s Red Cross is helping the homeowners concerned.
“Amazingly and thankfully, no injuries were reported,” Piringer told the WTOP. “The firefighters really had to help a lot of people from the building … of course most people slept at this stage of the night.”
About 30 units were injured, leaving 40 to 50 residents, said MCFRS spokesman Jason Blake later. Investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire and where it started.
More than 100 Montgomery County firefighters responded to the fight against the three alarm flames.
Founded in the 1960s, Leisure World characterizes “Montgomery County’s primary choice for an active adult lifestyle”. More than 8,000 residents aged 55 and over live in 5,660 homes in 29 separately managed residential communities.
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