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Fire rages through Silver Spring apartment complex

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Firefighters tell FOX 5 a mattress pushed against an electric outlet is the cause of a fire that raged through a Silver Spring apartment complex in the 9300 block of Piney Branch Road Tuesday afternoon.

When Montgomery County Fire units arrived on scene heavy flames could be seen coming from a second story balcony.

Numerous rescues were made. Seven civilians and three firefighters were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

More than 100 people are left homeless. Fire officials are calling the building a total loss.

Montgomery County Fire and Explosive Investigators, "determined the origin and cause of the fire to be an electrical outlet near a mattress. The mattress was ignited and the flames spread to the upper floors via a pipe chase. The American Red Cross has set up temporary operations at the Long Branch Community Recreation Center to assist residents displaced by the apartment fire. Over 100 firefighters were on the scene at the height of operations.

Damage estimates are $1 million to the structure and $500K to the contents."


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