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Gas dryer explosion at a dry cleaners in Germantown


GERMANTOWN, Md. (WUSA 9) -- There was a gas dryer explosion at Zips Dry Cleaners in Germantown Tuesday morning, fire officials said.

The dry cleaners is located located at 13081 Wisteria Drive in the Lotte Plaza Market Shopping Center.

Fire officials say the fire caused the sprinkler system to activate.

No injuries have been reported at this time, fire officials said.

Firefighters were able to get the fire under control and fire officials say firefighters are working to remove smoke from the building.

We will update this story as more information becomes available.

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2 adults displaced in Germantown house fire


GERMANTOWN, Md. (WUSA9) -- Two adults and one pet have been displaced after a Germantown house fire Saturday night.

The fire happened at 11423 Brudridge Ter, in Germantown, Md. according to Montgomery County and Fire. The fire was in the attic and was put out.

Nobody was injured.


METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ACADEMY AUDITIONS, SUN., MAR. 1; for 2015-2016 School Year

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ACADEMY AUDITIONS, SUN., MAR. 1; for 2015-2016 School Year

Students interested in attending the Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria and Lorton, Va. can audition on Sun., Mar. 1 at MSA Lorton Campus at 9601 Ox Road. Auditions are required as part of the 2015-2016 academy registration. The MSA Academy audition is for performing arts students from 6th grade to 12th grade. Students should call 703-339-0444 ext.3 or visit www.metropolitanarts.org to register for an audition time. 

The audition process will give prospective students an opportunity to demonstrate his or her skills in dance, music and theater for the chairs of the respective arts departments.  Applicants must attend a live audition if they live within three geographical states of MSA.  Prospective students living beyond the three-state radius may submit a DVD audition. 

DONATE COATS for SERVE at MONZA; GET $25 MONZA/CARMELLO’s GIFT CARD

DONATE COATS for SERVE at MONZA; GET $25 MONZA/CARMELLO’s GIFT CARD

Monza of Historic Manassas will be collecting gently used coats to donate to SERVE of Manassas, Va. in exchange for a $25 Monza or Carmello’s gift card and free hot chocolate and coffee on Fridays and Saturdays in January at Monza at 9405 Battle Street in Old Town Manassas, Va. For more information, go to www.eatmonza.com.

“Winter is here, and we’re all pulling out our warm coats, many of us have more than one, while the neediest of our community go without a proper coat for the coldest of days,” said Alice Pires, owner of Carmellos and Monza in Historic Manassas, Va. “Help us support SERVE by dropping off a coat, and warm up with a free hot cocoa and gift card,” said Pires.

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FOUND: Kiersten Dale Plummer, 17, Germantown


GERMANTOWN, Md. (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County police say a missing 17-year-old girl has returned home safe and unharmed.

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Kiersten Dale Plummer, 17 was last seen on November 23 at her home, police said.

Her family and police are worried because they have not seen or heard from Kiersten.

The missing teenager is described as a white female, standing 4'11'' tall and weighing 110 pounds. She has blue eyes and red hair. Police believe she may be with her boyfriend or other acquaintances.

Anyone who has information regarding Kiersten Dale Plummer's whereabouts is asked to call the Montgomery County police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (24hrs). Callers may remain anonymous.


FOUND: Gregory Walker, 13, Germantown, Md.


GERMANTOWN, Md. (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County Police say they have found a 13-year-old boy from Germantown, Md.

Gregory Walker was reported missing by his family this weekend.

Police say he was located "alive and well" on Tuesday.


METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS’ STUDENTS AWARDED for ALL-STAR CAST

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS’ STUDENTS AWARDED for ALL-STAR CAST

Ben Cherington and Kylie Levy of Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) Performing Arts Academy of Lorton, Va. and Alexandria, Va. were recently recognized for All-Star Cast by the Virginia Theatre Association Conference for their performances in I Never Saw Another Butterfly. This was the first time Metropolitan School of the Arts had participated in the conference. Cherington, an 11th grader from Burke, Va., and Levy, a 10th grader from Fairfax, Va. are students at Metropolitan School of the Arts. For more information, go to www.metropolitanarts.org.

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) also earned the 2014 Virginia Theatre Association Conference award for Best Costume Design and was recognized for Staging, as well as received an honorable mention for Best Play, I Never Saw Another Butterfly.