Officials: 2 escape Md. house fire, 'hoarding conditions' pose challenges putting out

Officials: Md. home catches fire, 'hoarding conditions' pose challenges putting out. (Suzanne Kennedy/ABC7)

Firefighters in Aspen Hill had a difficult time putting out a fire due to "hoarding conditions" at a one-story house, Montgomery County Fire and EMS reported.

Officials say debris was found stacked from floor to ceiling and several windows were blocked by boxes making it challenging to get hoses into the home.

The fire started shortly after midnight Wednesday in the 4100 block of Southend Road by an unknown cause, according to fire officials. There were two occupants in the home at the time of the fire who were alerted by smoke alarms and able to escaped unharmed.

One firefighter was injured while putting out the fire.

Around 60 firefighters assisted.

An investigation into the cause of the fire remains ongoing, although officials say it was likely accidental, with $225 thousand in damages.

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