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3-Alarm Fire in Rockville Guts Apartment Building, Closes Main Montgomery County Road

Building was under construction.

Fire sweeps through apartment building under construction. (Photo from Montgomery County Fire Department.)
Fire sweeps through apartment building under construction. (Photo from Montgomery County Fire Department.)

A three-alarm fire in Montgomery County swept through an apartment complex early Tuesday, gutting the building and closing a major roadway.

The fire at Gables Upper Rock Apartments at Rock Circle Drive in Rockville has been closed, according to WTOP, which reports commuters can still get to the Metro despite the road closure.

The apartment building is under construction, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Spokesman Pete Piringer told the station. The 150-unit apartment building was nearly complete, but no one was living there yet.

Crews controlled the fire by about 6:45 a.m. and no injuries have been reported, Piringer said. The fire started at about 4:15 a.m. and its cause is not yet known. 

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, located next to the apartment building, is closed Tuesday because of the blaze, WTOP reported.


Sharon April 01, 2014 at 09:26 AM
Excerpt: "The fire started at about 4:15 a.m. and its cause is not yet known." Comment: 4:15 in the morning; under construction: never completed??? Sounds suspicious to me...either arson or homeless taking up shelter in those buildings. And the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is right next door! Sadly makes cause of fire (whether arson or accidentally set ablaze) even more questionable. Just a blessing that no one was injured or killed in the blaze. Didn't realize The Gables had so many close-in-proximity apartment complexes...this uncompleted, now damaged, basically destroyed one in Rockville; one in Montgomery Village; another in Germantown corner of Middlebrook and Waters Landing.
Rudy D'Alessandro April 01, 2014 at 11:02 AM
I know that this blog doesn't have the resources of a titan like the Washington Post, but this story should at least mention which 'major road' has been closed - namely, the heavily used I-270 corridor. We live in King Farm and heard helicopters buzzing overhead for a ridiculously long time, at least from 6am thru 7:30am. Nothing more to see here folks, move along...
Rockville libertarian April 01, 2014 at 12:59 PM
Thank God no one was hurt. Another developer has a mysterious fire? Shocking!! Chestnut Lodge, 175 Watts Branch now this? It must be those medaling kids again.

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