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Officials: 7 hospitalized after fire does $1 million worth of damage at Md. apartment

Six people were taken to the hospital after an apartment fire in Montgomery County. (Photo, ABC7) 

Six people and one firefighter were hospitalized and 500 units were evacuated because of a three-alarm transformer fire at a high-rise apartment building in Bethesda Saturday morning, according to authorities.

Fire and emergency medical crews as well as a Medical Ambulance Bus and Mass Casualty Support Units were called to the Promenade Towers at 5225 Pooks Hill Road, the Montgomery County Fire Department says.

The fire caused $ 1 million worth of damage, according to fire officials.

Officials say the fire is now under control but that there was smoke on the upper floors and multiple people were evaluated for exposure to it.

Fire officials say the fire was reported some time around 7:50 a.m. and started in a garage and involved a power feed . Other residents had to shelter in place at the building.

The apartment complex was being ventilated and the South Tower is now re-occupied.

This story has been updated, Monday, Oct. 23, 2017

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