SURVEILLANCE VIDEO: Wait a few seconds then you hear a LOUD explosion at the Potomac Oaks Condominiums in Gaithersburg, Maryland. This happened on Quince Orchard Boulevard around 8:30 am. 12 people are hurt.@RamirezReports & @DKaplanFox5DC on scene. pic.twitter.com/SbOUxUNlVo
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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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DEVELOPING STORY: Partial building collapse at 8000 Quince Orchard boulevard in front of Brown Station Elementary School. pic.twitter.com/ejQfPRg5tS
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— Stephanie Ramirez (@RamirezReports) November 16, 2022
#UPDATE: Images from the scene show extensive damage to residential buildings in the 800 block of Quince Orchard Boulevard in the Gaithersburg area after a two-alarm fire and explosion were reported. https://t.co/aAeNF6mV3m pic.twitter.com/gbxalyBAhA
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