Apartment Building Downtown
Updated, 9:15 am – additional information inserted into posting.
A HEAVY FIRE BROKE OUT in a 3-story apartment building in downtown Cambridge, Maryland, Sunday night. The fire which was dispatched just before 11 pm quickly went to four alarms as the arriving units found dozens of residents trapped and a fast-moving fire. WMDT-TV reports:
A film crew, New Image Films, shooting a faith based video at the church next door to the apartment building were first on the scene and captured video after helping families escape before emergency crews arrived. "I was like, 'Billy, there's a fire!' so he goes and he grabs a key, runs downstairs, gets the van, drives it right under to where the window was and they started taking the children and dangling the children," said (Olimatte) Taal.
Robert Phillips, Cambridge Fire Chief, added: "So many of them were trapped in the, the fire was actually in the exit, in front of the building and stopped them from coming out that way."
WBOC-TV is reporting:
The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office said the 10:46 p.m. blaze at 507 Race St. took nearly 100 firefighters from approximately 13 fire companies less than two hours to bring under
Twenty-one occupants were sent to area hospitals for treatment of injuries sustained when escaping the fire through windows of the three-story building. None of the injuries reported are considered to be life-threatening. Two firefighters were treated for stress-related injuries at Dorchester General Hospital and released.
Star-Democrat / Polk
The ground floor is a commercial occupancy, in this case a clothing store. The second and third floors had four apartments in each. The entire building has been destroyed and will need to be demolished. The Maryland State Fire Marshal is on the scene already, but there is no early indication of what caused the fire.
Dorchester Star / Moore
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