ROCKVILLE — More than 60 people have been displaced after the Fireside Park Apartments caught fire Friday afternoon.
Approximately 150 firefighters responded to the call for a three-alarm fire at the Fireside Park Apartments, located at 735 Monroe Street in Rockville, around 1:30 p.m.
Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services Spokesperson Pete Piringer said that no residents or firefighters were injured or killed in the fire.
Piringer said the windy weather Friday afternoon was the biggest challenge for firefighters on the scene as 20 to 30 mile-per-hour wind gusts spread the fire from one building to another.
“The weather challenge here was the wind,” Piringer said. “This was definitely a wind-driven fire, which means it got up in that attic area…so that was the biggest challenge. The wind was not in our favor today.”
Piringer said when firefighters arrived on the scene they saw a large fire burning from the second and third floors at the apartment building located on 701 Monroe Street. Piringer said the fire eventually spread to three other apartment buildings, causing significant damage.
“It appears that it started at 701, likely on the second floor; but again, that’s very preliminary,” Piringer said.
About 30 dwellings have been damaged in the fire, displacing around 60 people who have been moved to a temporary shelter at Richard Montgomery High School where they are being assisted by volunteers from the Red Cross.