Md. Crews Rescue Residents From Apartment Blaze

FAIRLAND, Md. -- Montgomery County firefighters battled a two alarm blaze in an apartment building in Fairland, and officials confirm some residents have been rescued from the flames.

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A total of 34 units were damaged in the fire, displacing 74 residents, officials said.

Captain Oscar Garcia, spokesman for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue, says fire crews were alerted to the blaze in the 14000 block of Castle Boulevard around 7:23 Friday morning.

Firefighters arriving on scene found the apartment building fully involved. Captain Garcia confirms they have called for a second alarm.

There are reports that up to eight people had to be rescued from the upper floors of the apartment building, officials said.

None of the people rescued had to be transported to the hospital, officials said.

It is believed that everyone got out of the building safely, officials said. Firefighters had to evacuated the structure after it got too dangerous for them to fight the fire, officials said.

They then performed an "exterior attack," with hoses and ladders.

Republished with permission of WUSA-TV

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