Over a dozen injured, 5 seriously, in a Maryland residential building fire, explosion, fire department says

Upon arrival, firefighters immediately made several rescues, said Pete Piringer, the Montgomery County Fire Department PIO. All priority-one patients have been transported or are in transit to a nearby hospital, he said. 

“I think there were people we were looking for and I think they’ve been accounted for,” said Piringer. “Again, that’s preliminary, but we did make several rescues.”

The fire department was called in for an explosion at the apartment around 10:30 a.m., Piringer said. Arriving at the scene, firefighters encountered heavy fire, he said. 

Piringer said the four-story apartment building, which had between 12 and 18 units, sustained heavy structural damage. Though the fire has been contained, fire personnel have evacuated nearby buildings.

There are currently over 100 firefighters on the scene and none have suffered injuries, Piringer said. EMS is also currently on the scene offering support, he said.

The root cause of the explosion is yet unknown, Piringer added.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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