Laurel, Md. – An early morning blaze on Mon., May 31 seriously injured two patients and required firefighters from four counties.
At approximately 5:00 a.m., firefighters were dispatched to the 9100 block of Blues Alley in north Laurel. While responding, they were advised that residents were reportedly trapped in at least one of the apartments.
Crews found fire showing from the first and second floors, and additional resources were dispatched to assist.
Firefighters quickly mounted an aggressive interior attack, and two citizens were rescued from the blaze. Once they had been removed from the fire building, paramedics began to treat them for smoke inhalation and burns.
One patient was transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview, an area burn center; the other was transported to Laurel Regional Hospital in critical condition for smoke inhalation.
Firefighters from Howard, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties worked together to battle the blaze, which was brought under control in approximately forty-five minutes.
Howard County fire investigators were working to determine the cause of the fire. The department’s chaplain, representatives American Red Cross and the apartment complex management staff were working to find housing for the displaced residents.
No damage estimate is available at this time.