Early video: Explosion & two-alarm fire injures at least 10 in Maryland

Montgomery County firefighters handle explosion and fire Wednesday at the Potomac Oaks Condominium on Quince Orchard Blvd.

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An explosion and two-alarm fire in Gaithersburg, Maryland, demolished a portion of two residential buildings Wednesday and sent at least 10 people to hospitals, including four children. Two adults have traumatic injuries, an official said.

The blast tore through the Potomac Oaks Condominium in the 800 block of Quince Orchard Boulevard near Rabbit Road at about 8:40 a.m. Wednesday, officials said. Montgomery County Fire & Rescue received multiple calls reporting the explosion and fire, which sent smoke into the air that was visible from miles away.

The fire went to a second alarm within minutes. While much of the blaze was extinguished in about 40 minutes, crews were still fighting a gas-fed fire in the basement hours later and continued to battle hot spots that were flaring up.

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