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Family of 7 safe after Gaithersburg townhouse fire
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GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- Seven family members were able to safely escape their burning Gaithersburg townhouse thanks to a working smoke alarm.

According to Tweets posted by Pete Piringer, spokesman for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue, the blaze broke out in a two-story middle-of-row town home in the 900 block of Bayridge Terrace shortly after 1:00 a.m. That is in the Fernshire Farms neighborhood.

Once on scene fire crews found heavy fire coming from the structure and called for a second alarm.

Seventy-five firefighters responded to the scene, and were able to bring the flames under control around 1:30 a.m. Piringer says the family was alerted by a smoke alarm and all were able to get out of the home uninjured.

A total of 75 firefighters responded to the scene, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue stated. Two families have been displaced and Red Cross is helping them.

The cause of the fire was due to an outside electrical light fixture. Damages are estimated at $225,000, including $125,000 structure and $100,000 contents, officials said.



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