PG Residents Come to Neighbors' Rescue

"I took them all to my mom's house": Rescuing neighbor

By Dennis Gonzalez and Asha Beh
|  Sunday, Dec 27, 2009  |  Updated 9:15 AM EDT
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PG Residents Come to Neighbors' Rescue

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The Red Cross is helping nine families left homeless by an apartment fire in Prince George's County Saturday.

The blaze started around 6 p.m. on Wilson Bridge Drive in Oxon Hill, Md. By the time fire crews arrived, the two-story apartment building was nearly a total loss, damaging at least 24 units.

"Basically, I had just come in the house and I heard a woman scream, so I walked back into the hall and all of a sudden I see a huge flame," Harriet Everest, a witness to the fire, told NBC4. "So I screamed and said, 'Call 911!'"

Several residents in a nearby building started knocking on doors trying to get people inside the burning building out safely.

"...I went in and then I banged on everyone's [expletive] door to get them out," recalled neighbor James Hastings. "So I took them all to my mom's house because they didn't have no shirt, no shorts, no jacket, no nothing."

Investigators have not said what caused the fire.
 

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