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Five displaced after townhouse fire in Gaithersburg
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GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA 9) -- Five adults and several pets have been displaced after a townhouse fire in Gaithersburg Saturday, fire officials said.

At approximately 11:30 a.m., fire officials say firefighters responded to a townhouse on the 9200 block of Hummingbird Terrace in Gaithersburg for the report of a fire.

Upon arrival, firefighters encountered heavy fire in the first and second floors of the house. Fire officials say it took 75 firefighters 30 minutes to extinguish the fire. One firefighter suffered minor lacerations to one hand, fire officials said.

The only occupant of the home was able to get out safely, but fire officials said several pets were unaccounted for. Firefighters were able to rescue and resuscitate one cat, fire officials said.

The fire is believed to have been accidental and caused by cooking food that was left unattended. Fire officials say the fire was mainly limited to the original house, but a townhouse next door had minor damage.

Fire officials say the damage is estimated at $500,000.

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