ELLICOTT CITY, Md. - Firefighters rescued two trapped people and their two service dogs in Ellicott City Thursday night from an apartment fire.
Several apartments sustained minor smoke damage. Only one apartment unit was declared uninhabitable. The apartment’s renters are being relocated to another unit, according to a release from Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services.
The 911 call went out at about 8:30 p.m. for a report of an apartment fire in the 8900 block of Town and Country Boulevard.
“Initial reports by callers to Howard County's 911 Center reported residents trapped - and hanging out the window - in an apartment above the fire,” the release states. “Since the apartment complex is located close to the Howard County/Baltimore County border, a number of units from Baltimore County were are dispatched to the scene.”
First responders saw billowing smoke pour of the ground floor apartment.
Firefighters managed to safely escort the two people and their dog out through the interior stairwell. It took about 20 minutes to put the fire out, the release states.
Investigators have begun working to determine the cause of the fire.
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