LANSDOWNE, Md. - UPDATE -- More than a dozen adults and 14 children are without a place to call home. Fire crews say the blaze tore the building, damaging 12 apartments.
"The smell was very intense," said Randall Wight, who lives next to the complex. "There was a major fire. It just engulfed that end building as you can see and before we knew it, in about 15 minutes it engulfed the second building." (See video)
Neighbors say they're still in shock.
"Oh my God, it was shootin' up!" Marlene Scott said. "You could see it through the trees shootin' up in the air. That's why I was afraid it was going to come over to our apartment."
For those who call the Lansdowne Gardens Apartments home, it's a nightmare they won't forget.
"My son just grabbed me and we ran out, but I forgot to get my animal," Scott said.
Now, a handful of families are searching for what's next.
"A lot of people just lost a lot of things, including myself. And most of us, we don't have anywhere to go," says Kristin Saylor, who's apartment is a total loss. "Now me and my kids, we have nothing. We have nowhere to go. We have nothing. We're out here with the clothes on our backs, with nothing."
Fire crews from several jurisdictions battled the quick moving flames.
"That was really scary, really scary," Scott says, "and I was just praying."
Fire crews say everyone made it out safely. One firefighter was taken to the hospital for a non-life threatening hand injury.
The Red Cross was on scene Thursday helping families who have been displaced, they plan to help find everyone a new home.
The cause and origin of the fire is still under investigation.
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