Rescuers Save Baby, Women From New Carrollton Fire

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    Mark E. Brady, Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department
    Prince George's fire Lt. Michael Fraizer assists Aminaca Sesay from her 3rd floor balcony during a fire Friday.

    Prince George's County firefighters and ambulance crews rescued two fire victims - one a 4-month-old baby - from a smoke-filled, top-floor New Carrollton apartment Friday morning.

    Just after 9 a.m. Friday, fire and EMS units responded to the apartment fire at 5317 85th Ave. and found residents of the three-story building trapped behind high heat and heavy smoke coming from a terrace-level apartment, the Prince George's fire department said.

    As firefighters fought the blaze, ambulance crews used a rescue ladder to reach the top floor apartment balcony. Fire victim Aminaca Sesay handed the four-month-old baby to the ambulance crews over the balcony's railing.

    Firefighters then helped Sesay down the ladder. Firefighters also rescued a woman on the second floor.

    Sesay, the other woman, and the baby were evaluated by paramedics on the scene but did not require hospitalization.

    The fire, which appears to have started in a terrace-level apartment, was contained in about 15 minutes. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, and it is not yet clear how many apartment units will be declared uninhabitable.