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Police: 4-Year-Old Killed in Montgomery Village Apartment Fire

Two-alarm fire Wednesday on Lost Knife Circle displaced 40 people.

FILE | Patch
FILE | Patch

UPDATED 11:11 p.m.—A 4-year-old was killed and several people were hurt in a fire at Cider Mill Apartments in Montgomery Village on Wednesday. Fire officials said the fire, which displaced 40, was accidental.

Though the identity of a 4-year-old victim had not been officially released, a Wednesday night newscast on NBC Washington included an interview with the victim’s relatives, who said the boy's father was burned trying to save him.

A spokesperson for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service said the child’s name and official cause of death would be released by the state’s Medical Examiner’s office. 

Several people were injured in the fire, including a man in serious condition who had to be rescued from a balcony.

Fire officials said in a press release the cause of the fire was accidental, though they provided no other details.

The fire caused more than a million dollars in damage—$750,000 in structural damage and $300,000 worth of damages to the building’s contents—according to preliminary estimates from investigators.

Twelve residences were affected. The apartment management and the American Red Cross were helping the 40 residents who were displaced.

At around 4 p.m., rescuers responded to reports of a fire in the apartment complex in the 18200 block of Lost Knife Circle, near Lakeforest Mall.

When they arrived, they found heavy smoke spewing from the second floor into the upper level and requested more resources, fire officials said.

The bulk of the fire was extinguished after 20 minutes.

It took more than 80 responders to put the fire out.

Investigators have not said what caused the fire.     

Sharon January 08, 2014 at 06:02 PM
Thanks, Tiffany! As I stated in my email to you when I observed helicopter hovering overhead (in one spot like a dangling sky ornament), I contacted police non-emergency and was told specifically that they were looking for someone. With that said and fire involved, it sounds as though a domestic situation or arson precipitated that fire on Lost Knife. I am only surmising; otherwise, why would police spend so much time hovering above that area looking for anyone! Rhetorical! So very sad about that toddler! Very disheartening! That area is and always has been highly problematic and in the news on routine basis for questionable and criminal activity. Cider Mill is an embarrassing thorn in the side of Montgomery Village and I don't believe MVF knows quite what to do about it or 'with that rental community'.
Sharon January 08, 2014 at 06:08 PM
http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/4-Year-Old-Killed-in-Maryland-Apartment-Fire-239324251.html
Ann January 08, 2014 at 09:06 PM
You know many people call Cider Mill their home. This is all they have and many are good people. Our hearts are broken over this horrible incident. They are our family at South Lake ES. They are proud of where they live and are far from embarrassed! It's sad you have no compassion and are too high class for them. MVF has nothing to do with keeping that community! I hope you find some compassion and love for these people suffering.
Cindy Faville January 08, 2014 at 09:15 PM
It used to be a nice place; Gaithersburg in general has gone down hill. If there are needs, please do an update to contribute.
Sharon January 09, 2014 at 09:34 AM
Of course, hearts & prayers go out to that family and all those who were affected by that fire. And there can be nothing worse and heart-wrenching than the loss of an innocent child. I can not begin to imagine how horrific/terrifying being involved/in the midst of that fire could have been. I lost a dear friend in a house fire a few years ago & witnessed as a child myself an entire farm house (while on vacation on Aunt's farm) go up in smoke. It has always stuck in my mind and nothing frightens me more than death by fire. I was speaking of Cider Mill in general though and it is under the domain of Montgomery Village, part of South Village. The true fact that it is in the Gazette every week for robberies, domestic violence and even a couple murders in that area was just that...a separate issue but fact.
Ann January 09, 2014 at 08:37 PM
Three families have lost EVERYTHING, 2 children have died. You may bring donations of clothing for 3 men , 3 moms and 6 children grades 2 and 4 (2 girls 2 boys) or you may buy gift certificates or bring donations to the school. Anything is appreciated. What a devastation!

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