A fire broke out in an apartment complex in Silver Spring early Tuesday, killing one resident, injuring three others and forcing the evacuation of the entire building.
The fire broke out before 6:51 a.m. Tuesday on the sixth floor of Montgomery Towers, a sprawling complex in the 400 block of Silver Spring Avenue. More than 100 firefighters responded to the blaze, using a ladder to rescue residents trapped on upper floors and escorting residents, some still in their nightclothes, to safety.
Edward Mager, 63, was seriously burned and died at a hospital, according to the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service. A 6-year-old child and two women, one of them 79, were injured and taken to hospitals, but they are expected to survive, Assistant Chief Scott Graham said.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Many residents were initially alerted by neighbors knocking on their doors and yelling from the parking lot. Several said they heard a big explosion and saw burning materials and glass falling from the sixth-floor apartment where the fire broke out — the unit where Mager had been living by himself, residents said.