BETHESDA, Md. - A firefighter suffered dehydration while battling an overnight blaze at a large home in Montgomery County. The fire was reported around 1 a.m. in Bethesda on the 7000 block of Whittier Boulevard near Clearwood Road.
FOX 5's Annie Yu says 100 firefighters responded to the home. The firefighter who suffered from dehydration is expected to be okay, Yu reported.
Authorities have reported that the 2-story colonial home was under renovation and reportedly unoccupied when the fire was reported. Neighbors have told Yu that a family was living at the home during the renovations. Officials say that the family is unaccounted for but believed to be staying elsewhere.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Damage estimates are at around $1 million. All roads in the area have been reopened.
UPDATE: Neighbors say family still lived here during renovation. Fire officials believe home was not occupied, but have not made contact with homeowners at this time. One FF injured (dehydration). Roads near 6900 block Whittier Blvd closed. @fox5dc pic.twitter.com/YpSAdjSv5z— Annie Yu (@AnnieYuFox5) September 5, 2018
House fire in Bethesda at 6901 Whittier Blvd. The home is under renovation with no known occupants. pic.twitter.com/0mEXX9zgvk— Dave Rysak (@DaveFox5DC) September 5, 2018
BREAKING: 100 firefighters on scene still working to put out heavy fire that started around 1a. Home appears to be destroyed. Still waiting to hear what caused fire. We’re told home was under renovation - immediate roads around 6901 Whittier Blvd in Bethesda CLOSED. @fox5dc pic.twitter.com/ZGqmSfTZIX— Annie Yu (@AnnieYuFox5) September 5, 2018