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Fire in Aspen Hill Forces 60 People Into Icy Weather

A two-alarm fire in an apartment building in Aspen Hill, Maryland, Thursday night forced 30 adults and 30 children into freezing weather. 

Residents in six or seven apartments likely will be displaced, but they should be able to stay in other units at the apartment complex, fire officials said.

More than 100 firefighters responded to the fire on the 14300 block of Georgia Avenue about 9 p.m., Montgomery County Fire and Rescue spokesman Pete Piringer tweeted. It took hours to bring under control. 

"Amazingly," no one was hurt, Piringer said. 

Medics evacuated several residents of the four-story building, and the fire department used buses to help keep people warm amid temperatures in the teens. 

Fire officials said the blaze started on the building's lower level and spread upward to the third floor.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but a faulty furnace may be to blame, officials said.  

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