At least 12 injured in explosion at condo in US state Maryland

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- At least 12 people were injured after an explosion tore down part of a condo building in Gaithersburg, in the US state of Maryland, on Wednesday morning.

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The explosion was reported in the 800 block of Quince Orchard Boulevard before 9 am ET (1400 GMT), according to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service spokesman Pete Piringer.

Firefighters found heavy fire conditions upon arrival and a second alarm was called.

"The building has sustained a significant explosion that resulted in a collapse," Montgomery County Fire Chief Scott Goldstein told reporters.

As many as 12 people, including four children, were injured, according to Goldstein.

Most of those injuries were considered not life-threatening while two people were hospitalized in critical condition.

At least 100 firefighters responded to the scene. Rescue crews conducted preliminary searches for anyone trapped in the smoldering rubble.

Gaithersburg, a city in Montgomery County, Maryland, is located to the northwest of the US capital of Washington, D.C.