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Saturday, May 9, 2015

UPDATED - Langley Park Apartment Building Fire - Guilford Road

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
mebrady@co.pg.md.us     @PGFDPIO

Five occupants, including an infant, were rescued from their burning Langley Park apartment building tonight by firefighters.  At around 8:30 pm firefighters and paramedics were alerted to a fire in a 3-story apartment building in the 2100 block of Guilford Road in Langley Park.  Firefighters arrived to find fire showing from a top floor unit and received reports of occupants needing rescue.

Firefighters aggressively searched the building interior as other firefighters used ground ladders to remove 5 occupants from their top floor windows.  The occupants could not use the interior stairwell because of the intense heat and thick toxic smoke.  

The fire was contained and extinguished within 15 minutes of arrival.

One of the five occupants rescued was an infant approximately 1-year-old.  The infant was transported by medics to a hospital for an evaluation of smoke inhalation.  The infant is in good condition.  There were no other injuries reported to either civilians or firefighters.  One cat was removed alive from the building.

Some residents will be displaced and the County Citizen Services Unit and complex management are still working on the exact number that will be displaced.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.  Damage estimates are still being tabulated.

Location:        2109 Guilford Road, Langley Park
Date/Time:     Saturday, May 9, 2015, 8:25 pm
Structure:       3-story brick apartment building
Arrival:           Fire showing top floor – obvious rescues
Update:           Fire knocked within 15 minutes
Injuries:           5 Occupants rescued via ground ladder –
1 transported (infant) for smoke inhalation
No other injuries reported
1 cat (alive) removed from building
Cause:             Undetermined
Origin:            Not reported
Estimate:        $75,000
Displaced:      All 12 units in building, 35 adults and 7 children