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This story has been updated 5:45 p.m., April 2, 2013.

A 63-year-old man died from burns he sustained in a Silver Spring apartment fire Tuesday morning.

The fire at the Montgomery Towers apartment complex, 415 Silver Spring Ave., killed Edward Mager and also injured three other residents of the apartments. Two women, one believed to be in serious condition, plus a child believed to be about 6 years old were taken to local hospitals, Beth Anne Nesselt, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue spokesperson, said. There were no updates on their condition as of 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Fire and Rescue personnel arrived at the apartment complex around 7 a.m. Tuesday to find an active fire showing from the top of the six story building, Nesselt said.

“The building was heavily occupied, given the time of day,” Nesselt said. “[Residents] were evacuating as firefighters arrived.”

Nesselt said that typically Fire and Rescue requests Ride On buses for evacuated residents so they can keep informed and stay warm. She said she does not know the number of people evacuated or the cause of the fire. Investigators are still on the scene.

“At least two apartments are heavily damaged,” she said.

Mager’s death is the second fire-related fatality in the county this year. Katherine Elizabeth McNeal, 67, of Silver Spring, died Feb. 9 from injuries sustained in a kitchen fire.