Three-Alarm Fire in Prince George's Injures at Least Six

Residents rescued from upper floors of apartment building

By Carissa DiMargo
|  Sunday, Oct 18, 2009  |  Updated 9:05 AM EDT
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Three-Alarm Fire in Prince George's Injures at Least Six

NBCWashington.com

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GREENBELT, Md. -- A three-alarm blaze at a Prince George's County apartment building injured at least seven Saturday morning, with hundreds of residents displaced.

The fire was at the Empirian Village Apartments , formerly known at the Springhill Lake Apartments, at 5925 Cherrywood Terrace in Greenbelt. 

A family of six, including four children, was taken to an area hospital. They suffered minor injuries jumping from their third-story balcony. Two suffered complications from smoke inhalation. One firefighter was treated for burns.

Workers had to rescue people from the higher floors of the building. The fire started on the second floor of the building, possibly in apartment 202, and spread to the third floor.

Almost 170 residents are currently displaced. Several residents said that they jumped from balconies and that they saw someone drop a baby from a balcony. The baby was caught by a person on the ground below.

Heavy flames were spotted through the roof before the blaze was extinguished.

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