ROCKVILLE – A fire in the 300 block of Congressional Lane in Rockville early Friday morning, injuring one firefighter.
“Fire units were called to an apartment fire in the element near one of the walls in one of the units,” according to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services Fire Chief Scott Goldstein.
As the apartments are back to back, the firefighters encountered fire in the walls of that unit and others, according to Goldstein. The fire affected a total of six units .
Roughly 75 firefighters showed up to the scene, with one sustaining injuries, according to Goldstein, though the injuries are not life threatening or serious.
A few civilians were being evaluated at the time as well, but none were injured at the time, according to Goldstein.
The origin and cause is being evaluated, as well as whether or not there were smoke detectors or other fire alert systems.
Alex Quayle, a resident of the apartment complex, says fire alarms are present in the buildings.
The traffic around the community was expected to take at least an hour to clear, according to Goldstein.
“It’s a pretty heavy response, but there’s a lot of people that live around here and a lot of little kids, so I think it’s probably an overabundance of caution,” says Quayle.
Anat Funaro, one of the residents, says that a hole was being fixed in the laundry room and shortly after the fire started.
“I was in the kitchen with my children, eating breakfast, and suddenly I saw smoke coming out from the wall,” said Funaro.