Three firefighters sustained injuries and over 60 people were forced to leave their homes following a two-alarm apartment fire in Glassmanor, Maryland on Saturday afternoon.
Around 6:30 p.m., Prince George’s County firefighters responded to a towering fire at a three-story, garden-style apartment building in the 5500 block of Livingston Terrace, near National Harbor.
Residents watched as flames engulfed all three floors, gutting much of the building’s interior and sending a smoke plume into the sky that remained visible for hours across much of the area.
WTOP received listener reports of thick, distant smoke from as far away as Northwest D.C. — ten miles from the scene of the inferno.
#pgfd units arrived on scene to a well advanced fire starting in a terrace level apartment with extension to three floors of building. @AlexandriaVAFD @ffxfirerescue responded to scene soon after. pic.twitter.com/AbzbEPMsuF
— PGFD PIO (@PGFDNews) June 23, 2019
The fire was fully contained around 8:30 p.m., but rescue crews remained to check for additional hot spots, Prince George’s County fire department spokesman Mike Yourishin said, adding all three floors saw heavy damage and the building suffered a partial roof collapse.
Three firefighters sustained minor burns and were transported to a local hospital for treatment. There were no confirmed reports of injured residents.
61 residents — 39 adults and 22 juveniles — have been displaced and are receiving assistance from both county officials and the capital region Red Cross.
Displaced residents will receive lodging, financial assistance, a small cash grant and toiletry kit, Paul Carden, Red Cross’ regional disaster program officer, told WTOP.
D.C., Alexandria and Fairfax Country firefighters supported their Maryland colleagues. D.C. engines filled in for Prince George’s County first responders as they devoted resources to battling the blaze.
Multiple @AlexandriaVAFD units are still operating on a 2 Alarm apartment fire in Oxin Hill, Maryland. Truck 205 pictured operating its ladderpipe to extinguish remaining hot spots. pic.twitter.com/ohpskobYjC
— IAFF Local 2141 (@IAFFLocal2141) June 23, 2019
WTOP’s John Domen and Alejandro Alvarez contributed to this report.
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