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13 residents displaced after Md. townhouse fire


GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- A child playing with matches caused a fire which displaced 13 people in Maryland on Saturday, fire officials said.

The fire occurred in Gaithersburg on Horizon Run Road in the middle of a row of townhouses, fire officials said.

Four townhouses were ultimately damaged by the fire, but no injuries were reported, officials said.

Officials estimate that the fire caused $800 thousand dollars in damage.

Officials determined that the cause of the fire was a child playing with matches in the home.

The child's 15-year-old brother smelled smoke and helped his younger sister and the family dog to safety, fire officials said. The quick and decisive actions of the 15-year-old were life saving, officials said.

The Red Cross is now assisting the 13 occupants who were displaced by the fire.


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Car crashes into Gaithersburg Burger King


GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- A car crashed into a Burger King located in Gaithersburg Tuesday afternoon, Montgomery County police said.

The incident happened at 16004 Shady Grove Road in Gaithersburg, around 3:49 p.m., according to authorities.

Nobody was injured in the accident.


Forest Oaks Middle School evacuated after small fire


GAITHERSBURG, Va. (WUSA9) -- Forest Oaks Middle School student have returned to class after being evacuated due to a small fire, according to Montgomery County fire officials.

The fire happened on the second floor hallway of the school, which is located at 651 Saybrooke Oaks Boulevard.

There were three minor injuries unrelated to the fire, according to spokesperson Pete Piringer.

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Students had to spend about an hour outside while firefighters removed smoke from the building. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

2 injured after minivan crashes into Gaithersburg building


GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- Two people were injured when a minivan crashed into a building in Gaithersburg Thursday afternoon.

It happened at Rugged Wearhouse in the 200 block of North Frederick Avenue at approximately 1 p.m.

The two people were inside the store when they were struck and they suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to Montgomery County fire officials. The minivan was about 50 to 60 feet into the story when officials arrived.

Someone in the store told a WUSA9 cameraman that the car just missed a baby.

The glass window and some products were damaged, but there is no structural damage to the store.

An elderly man who was driving the minivan was not injured, officials said.

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FOUND: 2 Gaithersburg 12-year-old girls


GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police have found two 12-year-old girls who were reported missing earlier Friday.

Both girls have returned to their home.

Police and family thank the public for helping.

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Montgomery County police are searching for two missing 12-year-old girls from Gaithersburg, Md.

Police are searching for Elizabeth Tucto-Poma, 12, who was reported missing by her family. Tucto-Poma is described as a Hispanic girl, standing 5'02'' tall and weighing 110 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes.

2 shot during attempted robbery in Gaithersburg


GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County police are investigating a double shooting in Gaithersburg.

Police say it happened at Sweeney Building Services located at 18931 Premiere Court during an attempted armed robbery just before 1 p.m.

A 65-year-old male and 75-year-old female were shot and taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.

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It's unknown if anything was taken at this time.

STILL MISSING: Tatiana Moore of Gaithersburg


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GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- Officials with the Montgomery County Police Department continue to look for 16-year-old Tatiana Moore.

Her family reported her missing from the 9500 block of Fernhollow Way in Gaithersburg. She has been missing since October 23, but police say there have been reports of sightings of her recently in Germantown where she is known to frequent the Milestone Apartments.