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125 firefighters battle fire, bitter cold as 3-alarm fire engulfs Rockville apartments

Three-alarm fire reported at Rockville apartment building. (Photo: SkyTrak7)

A Rockville apartment building has been evacuated after fire officials say a three-alarm fire broke out Friday afternoon.

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson Pete Piringer says 125 firefighters were battling the fire on a day when the temperature has been in the mid-20s with feel-like temps hovering at about 10 degrees.

ABC7's Q McCray was live at the scene

The fire was reported at the Fireside Apartments, a group of three-story apartment building in the 700 block of Monroe Street.

The fire spread to three buildings with about 30 apartments. All of the residents in the three buildings will be displaced, fire officials say.

One firefighter was injured, Piringer said. No residents were injured.

Numerous pets were rescued, including dogs, cats, a hedgehog, a Guinea pig, and fish.

Piringer says there have been no injuries reported, but dozens of people are likely displaced.

An emergency shelter at nearby Richard Montgomery High School remained open overnight, for anyone who needed a place to stay.

The Red Cross and Montgomery County officials urge those impacted by the fire to stop by the school on Saturday, so their more longterm needs can be assessed and additional assistance provided.





Photos from the scene by Andrew Harper show flames flying from the building:


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