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Gaithersburg apartment complex fire displaces 60 people

A fire has displaced about 60 people who live in an apartment complex in Gaithersburg.

The Washington Post reported that firefighters from the Montgomery County Fire Department responded to the blaze about 4:45 a.m. It occurred at the Potomac Oaks Condominiums.

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More than 100 firefighters fought the blaze. A police officer was taken to the hospital but was treated and released. No other injuries were reported. Residents were taken to a shelter across the street at an elementary school.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. But investigators said they believe it was an accident. About 12 apartments will be unlivable because of the damage.

Montgomery County fire crews also responded to a large house fire in Darnestown Sunday morning.

The fire let the home in the 14600 block of Dodie Terrace with significant damage, according to spokesman Pete Piringer.

No residents were injured. A firefighter suffered an injury from a slip and fall, Piringer said. More than 75 firefighters responded.

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