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.