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2-Alarm Fire Rips Through Greenbelt Apartment Building, Displaces 85

Nine apartments were completely destroyed in the blaze

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    Devastating Fire Displaces 85 in Greenbelt

    A huge fire tore through an apartment building in Greenbelt, Maryland, displacing 85 people. Some residents's apartments were completely destroyed. News4's Shomari Stone reports. (Published Friday, July 27, 2018)

    A two-alarm fire ripped through an apartment building in Greenbelt, Maryland, Friday afternoon, displacing 85 people from their apartments.

    Prince George's County Fire & Rescue were called to the Franklin Square Apartments at 9004 Breezewood Terrace. Crews arrived shortly after 12:45 p.m. to find fire coming through the roof of a three-story garden apartment. More crews were called to the scene, taking the fire to two alarms.

    Chopper4 video shows the charred wreckage of the severely damaged building. The roof is missing from much of the structure, and many units appear to be gutted. 

    Fire officials said later Friday that 85 have been displaced. Nine apartments were completely destroyed in the fire and 31 units were inaccessible because of water damamge or because the utilities had to be turned off.

    Fire officials initially said residents in at least 11 apartments would be displaced, but later provided an update that only nine of those apartments were occupied. 

    There was a partial collapse but no reports of injuries, Fire & EMS said.

    People who had to evacuate the building were told to report to the nearby community center for assistance. The Red Cross is helping.

    The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

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