Two women had to be rescued from a two-alarm fire that broke out early Saturday afternoon in Columbia.
Howard County firefighters were called to the 12000 block of Little Patuxent Way at around 12:30 p.m. and found the first-floor apartment engulfed in smoke. Two women who lived on the upper floors of the building were rescued by emergency personnel. One of the women was evaluated for smoke inhalation, but refused treatment.
The blaze was brought under control 30 minutes after firefighters arrived on the scene. The cause has not yet been determined.