Wednesday, April 2, 2014

GABLES UPPER ROCK APARTMENT FIRE A SETBACK FOR UPPER ROCK PHASE II (PHOTOS)

Yesterday morning's devastating fire destroyed many apartments in the Gables Upper Rock apartment complex off I-270 and Shady Grove Road. Fortunately, the fire was within an unoccupied part of the complex, which had been expected to open for leasing soon. Instead, crews are turning to a demolition and debris-removal operation today. Equipment was moving into place last evening for that purpose. I'm curious if the sprinkler systems were active at this point in the construction; we're often told by developers that less firefighting resources are needed even as development grows, due to modern sprinkler systems.

Montgomery County firefighters, and at least 4 firetrucks, remained on scene late last night, to inspect and extinguish any remaining hotspots in the wreckage.

MCFRS public information officer Pete Piringer tweeted the following photos of the scene; you can see some of the heavy equipment moving into place for today's operations:





2 comments:

  1. The sprinklers were on. I had a very clear view from my unit.

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    1. Thanks for the inside info. I'm very interested in that fact, because there has been pressure to lower Rockville's fire station APFO standard with the excuse that new buildings will have sprinkler systems. If the sprinklers were indeed functional at Gables Upper Rock, that would suggest that sprinklers are not as effective as we are being told, in this type of fire. Obviously the entire building was essentially destroyed.

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