2 hurt, 75 displaced after Maryland apartment fire


LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Two people were injured and 75 people, including 30 children, were displaced after a fire ripped through a garden-style apartment complex in Landover, Prince George’s County Fire officials said.
Firefighters called to the complex along Brightseat Road around 2:45 a.m. found fire coming through the roof of one two-story building near FedEx Field, according to fire department spokeswoman Jennifer Donelan. Two people were taken to hospitals with injuries that were not thought to be life-threatening, she said. At least one of them was hurt jumping from a balcony before firefighters arrived.
As firefighters searched for people, the roof of one building started to collapse and firefighters evacuated the building, she said. The fire spread to a connected building and that building was also evacuated when the roof collapsed.
At least 80 firefighters responded to the fire and one firefighter received a minor burn.
The American Red Cross is at the scene, assessing the needs of the displaced families. The fire caused about $1 million in damage and the cause of the blaze is still under investigation, Donelan said.


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