17 Rescued From Burtonsville Apartment Fire

Effort needed more than 100 firefighters

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    Richard Jordan reports on a massive apartment fire in Burtonsville, Md., where 17 people had to be rescued. (Published Friday, Jul 13, 2012)

    More than 100 firefighters worked to knock out a massive two-alarm blaze at an apartment building in the 14000 block of Castle Boulevard in Burtonsville, Md.

    Seventeen people were rescued from the fast-moving fire Friday morning, which began as many were just waking up or getting ready for work.

    17 Rescued From Burtonsville Apartment Fire

    [DC] 17 Rescued From Burtonsville Apartment Fire
    More than 100 firefighters worked to knock out a massive two-alarm blaze at an apartment building early Friday. (Published Friday, Jul 13, 2012)

    "I felt helpless because I couldn't help them, you know, they were screaming and there was smoke pouring out all over the place," said resident Tim Chisley, who watched as family friends trapped on a balcony waited for rescue.

    Firefighters were able to rescue everyone, and there were only minor injuries.

    Raw Video: Mont. Co. Firefighters Battle Burtonsville Blaze

    [DC] Raw Video: Mont. Co. Firefighters Battle Burtonsville Blaze
    Raw video (Published Friday, Jul 13, 2012)

    The fire broke out toward the fear of the complex, but there's no word yet on a cause. Investigators said the flames spread more quickly up the sides and to the roof because of the building's vinyl siding.

    Authorities say 74 people have been displaced by the blaze.