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75 firefighters respond to Woodmont Country Club fire

ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Firefighters battled a two-alarm blaze at the Woodmont Country Club late Thursday night in the bitter cold temperatures.

The fire happened around 11 p.m. at a maintenance barn that stored tools, vehicles and other equipment, according to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Spokesperson Pete Piringer.

At least 75 firefighters responded to the blaze. Crews knocked out the bulk of the fire, but hot spots were still an issue. Firefighters were on rotation throughout the night and early morning to keep an eye on the areas that still burned. Piringer said heavy equipment was being brought in to extinguish the fire completely. 

With temperatures in the teens, firefighters explained how difficult it can be to put fires out quickly.

"One of the biggest factors is the freezing water because we're dumping so many gallons of water on the fire, and the mist just freezes everything over," said Tom Artingstall, who has been a firefighter for three years. 

The fire department sent two Medical Ambulance Buses to the scene to provide shelter and warmth for crews. 

"Standing on the concrete, on the metal platforms on ice, sucks the heat right out of our body," Artingstall explained. "So, every little bit helps, every little bit of warmth."

The cause of the fire has not been determined. Piringer said the barn sustained significant damage. 

An evaluation of the damage will be conducted Friday. 





Photos: Woodmont Country Club fire

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