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3-alarm apartment fire in Prince George’s Co. displaces dozens

Firefighters arrived on the scene to find flames shooting from the roof of the Lanham building.

PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY, Maryland – Three people have been sent to the hospital, including a firefighter after a major building fire in Lanham, Maryland.

Prince George’s County Fire Department crews were dispatched to a call of a fire at approximately 1:55 a.m. in the 6800 block of Riverdale Road.

Upon arriving at the scene, crews found flames on the second floor of the building shooting from the roof of the building. The size of the flames led crews at the scene to sound a second and third alarm, to allow more firefighters to help put out the blaze, according to Prince George’s County public information officer Mike Yourishin. .

At one point, firefighters had to leave the building and fight the fire from outside due to the intensity of the flames, Yourishin said.

Yourishin said two people were taken to hospital with minor injuries and a firefighter was also taken to hospital for assessment of minor injuries. The nature of these injuries is not known at this time.

A neighbor we spoke to told us the two injured people were brothers who jumped out of a window to escape the flames.

“They are in the hospital because they jumped out the window because the door was on fire and they couldn’t get through the front door so they had to jump out the window. So they are both in the hospital,” the neighbor said.

Firefighters say all visible fires are out and crews remained on site Friday morning to monitor the blaze and douse hot spots.

Yourishin estimates around 60 people have been displaced by the fire. The Prince George’s County Emergency Management Office helps displaced people.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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