Four members of the St. Mary’s County Fire Department were hurt Saturday night as they worked to get an apartment fire under control.
The fire broke out around 6:20 p.m. in an apartment complex in the 22700 block of Laurel Glen Rd. in California, Md.
Three firefighters were treated for electrical shock at a local hospital. A fourth had a broken finger. Everyone living in the apartments was able to escape without being injured.
It took about an hour for firefighters to get the flames under control.
The fire destroyed five units and damaged 18 others, said Chief Joe Gould.
At least 30 people who lived in the apartments were not able to return to their homes. The Red Cross is helping them find a place to stay.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.