24 families displaced in apartment fire

COLUMBIA, Md. - Twenty four families were displaced after a two-alarm fire raced through a Howard County apartment complex Friday.

Firefighters were called to the three story apartment building  in the 11300 block of Little Patuxent Parkway around 1:30 Friday afternoon. With reports of people trapped, officials said heavy smoke could be seen from blocks away from the blaze.

Fire crews arriving at the scene saw flames coming from the roof when they arrived at the scene. A woman and child originally thought to be trapped inside the building escaped before the firefighters' arrival, according to witnesses.

It took 60 firefighters about 45 minutes to bring the blaze under control and another hour to extinguish the hotspots.

A woman was taken to Howard County General for smoke inhalation. Another woman experienced chest pain and was also transported to the hospital.

In addition to putting out the fire and ensuring the safety of the human residents of the apartements, firefighters also rescued several pets including a cat that was administered oxygen at the scene. 

The Red Cross is assisting 22 of the 24 families displaced in the fire. 

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