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Homes evacuated due to Gaithersburg gas leak


GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County Fire and Rescue is working on a four-inch high-pressure gas line that was struck with a backhoe in the 100 block of Ridgepoint Place, authorities said.

Quince Orchard Road is closed between Kentlands Boulevard and Hillstome Rd, according to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue.

At least a dozen homes have been evacuated. This is an active leak. The gas company is now on scene and waiting for special equipment.


Man on bike killed by truck in Gaithersburg


GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- A man riding a bike on Darnestown Road (Route 28) Monday morning was killed after being hit by a truck in Gaithersburg, Md., Montgomery County Police said.

The accident happened around 9:45 a.m. in the 12100 block of Darnestown Road, authorities said.

Officers saw a Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) Ford F550 truck stopped at the entrance of the shopping center and a man unconscious on the road close to a bike, authorities said.

Officers along with Montgomery County Fire and Rescue personnel started life-saving efforts, however the biker died from his injuries at the scene, authorities said. The victim was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

FOUND: 7-year-old from Montgomery Village


MONTGOMERY VILLAGE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County Police have found a missing seven-year-old boy from Montgomery Village, police said. He is safe and unharmed.

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Montgomery County police are seeking the public's assistance in locating a missing 7-year-old boy from Montgomery Village.

Kevin Jesus Jamie, of the 18400 block of Lost Knife Circle, was last seen Monday morning. He is described by police as a Hispanic male, 5'04" tall, 70-75 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair in a Mohawk. He was last seen wearing blue shorts, and a Pink shirt with the writing "real men wear pink" in black letters.

Man killed riding bike in Montgomery County


NORTH POTOMAC, Md. (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County police say an adult male bicyclist was killed Monday morning in North Potomac after being struck by a vehicle.

It happened at 9:45 a.m. near the intersection of Darnestown Road and Quince Orchard Road in front of the Shoppes at Potomac Valley, according to police.

The driver of the car remained at the scene, and eastbound Darnestown Road is shut down between Quince Orchard Road and the firehouse for investigation.

We'll update as more information becomes available.

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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.


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.