Driver killed, 2 rescued after car crashes into Gaithersburg townhouses, sparking flames
GAITHERSBURG, Md. - Police have identified Victor Cascella, 62, as the driver who crashed his car into a townhouse Monday in Gaithersburg sparking a fire that displaced six people and caused an estimated $400,000 in damages to the home.
Firefighters and police were on the scene at Orchard Ridge Drive near Twin Lakes Drive after being notified of the fire at 2:48 p.m.
While it's unclear what exactly led to the crash, Montgomery County police said the white 2016 BMW was traveling southbound on Orchard Ridge Drive when it crossed the median and entered the opposite side of the roadway. Investigators believe the 62-year-old driver likely had a medical emergency, and ultimately lost control of the car before crashing into several homes along the 4300 block of the neighborhood.
Fire Chief Scott Goldstein said one person was removed from the four-story house by a neighbor using a ladder before first responders arrived. Another person — who was inside when the crash occurred — was rescued from a balcony by firefighters. The conditions of the occupants are currently unknown.
The driver of the white BMW had to be extricated from the car. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he died from his injuries Monday night.
Investigators believe the fire began in the vehicle’s engine compartment before spreading to house. In total, six adults were displaced. Officials estimate the damage at $400,000.
Montgomery County police closed down Orchard Ridge Drive during the investigation.
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