SILVER SPRING, Md. (ABC7) – A woman was rescued from her home in the Forest Glen Park of Silver Spring on Saturday night after neighbors heard her screams and saw smoke coming from the Holman Avenue house.
More than 75 firefighters responded to the fire that started around 6:20 p.m. Saturday.
“Neighbors were indicating that they believed the resident was still in the house,” said Pete Piringer, a Montgomery County Fire and Rescue spokesperson.
Update (initial dispatch 620p) 2500blk Holman Av, Forest Glen Park, have a fire conditions upon arrival, neighbors indicated they believe resident was still in house, 1st arriving crews (PE719, TW719, RS742 ) located occupants on 1st floor & made rescue, patient transported Pri1 pic.twitter.com/SuNJWykJ4m– Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) February 24, 2019
The first crews to arrive did not know where the woman was. They also did not hear the sound of smoke alarms.
“There was a lot of stuff, borderline hoarding conditions I would say,” Piringer said.
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It was difficult for crews to find the woman, but they spotted her on the first floor, Piringer said. She was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, including possible smoke inhalation.
The items in the home blocked doorways and paths.
“Any extra, I’ll call it clutter, adds to a fire load, maybe difficult for you to get out, but also makes it difficult for us to get in,” Pringer said.
Update – 2514 Holman Av, 1-sty SFH; Cause, under investigation; Area of Origin, kitchen; Damage, ~$200K; no Smoke Alarms; FFs rescued 1 resident, the other resident self-evacuated; hoarding conditions complicated firefight & rescue; >65 FFs on scene pic.twitter.com/IPvVMdKNax– Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) February 24, 2019
The majority of the first was in the back of the house near the kitchen and back deck. Investigators are looking into what caused the fire.