Three Montgomery County, Maryland firefighters were injured when a catastrophic floor collapse occurred while fighting an apartment fire that also claimed the life of a civilian.
Firefighters from Rockville and the surrounding area were dispatched to the 12800 block of Twinbrook Parkway and arrived with heavy fire showing from the second and third floors of the building, extending to the attic space with multiple civilian rescues.
As an Engine and Tower crew were making an aggressive interior fire attack, a second and third alarm were sounded bringing units from throughout the county. Numerous EMS units were on the scene.
When the floor collapsed, a Mayday was immediately called and all efforts not already focused on civilian rescues were switched to rapid intervention and rescue of the trapped firefighters from the first arriving engine crew from Company 723. Two members of the crew escaped the intense blaze by jumping out of a second story window, while the third escaped through the interior, according to reports from the scene.
All three were admitted to the MedStar Burn Center in Washington D.C. with burn and other injuries. Two were flown there by Medevac helicopter. All three have a very good prognosis, according to reports.