Friday night fire damages several townhouses in Silver Spring, authorities say

A fire damaged several townhouses Friday night in the 3500 block of Landing Way in Silver Spring, displacing several families, authorities said.

Up to six families have been displaced by the blaze, according to a video that Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Department spokesman Pete Piringer posted on Twitter. Firefighters helped some residents out of their homes, but did not perform any rescues. No injuries were reported, he said.

“The good thing is nobody got hurt,” Piringer said. “Firefighters, civilians, everyone got out.”

According to Piringer, county firefighters were dispatched to a report of a fire at a townhouse around 8 p.m. Firefighters arrived to find “several” townhouses on fire and “very intense fire conditions”. They called in reinforcements, with around 85 firefighters responding to the scene, which is near Norbeck Road and Georgia Avenue.

He said the fire appeared to start on the “exterior area” behind the row of townhouses and quickly spread to the siding of one house and then to neighboring townhouses. The fire was “pretty quickly brought under control”, Piringer said. The radiant heat caused damage to townhouses across from those that burned, he said.

The video showed the blackened exterior of a townhouse in a long row and the faded siding of several others in another row across a grassy area.

Piringer said investigators were at the scene Friday night trying to determine the cause of the fire.