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15 people displaced, two firefighters injured in early morning apartment fire outside Baltimore

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Brandi Bottalico
The Capital, Annapolis, Md.

Fifteen people have been displaced and two firefighters transported to the hospital after a fire in Severn early Monday, fire officials said.

It took approximately 70 firefighters an hour to get the two-alarm fire under control, officials said. An occupant of one of the units in the 1700 block of Meade Village Circle called 9-1-1 around 1:54 a.m. to report a fire in the living room of the home and additional calls from neighbors quickly followed, fire officials said.

The first arriving firefighters reported fire through the roof of one of the units, a two-story, end of the group rowhome, officials said. The fire was also beginning to extend to an adjacent home. Another unit sustained smoke damage.

The Anne Arundel County Fire Department was assisted by BWI Airport Fire and Rescue and Fort Meade Fire and Emergency Services.

Six adults and nine children from those three units are being assisted by the American Red Cross. Occupants who were asleep at the time of the fire were alerted to it by smoke alarms and safely evacuated before the arrival of firefighters.

Two firefighters were transported to Baltimore Washington Medical Center in good condition with medical complaints related to exertion and there were no other injuries.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by members of the Anne Arundel County Fire and Explosives Investigation Unit but fire officials list the preliminary cause as accidental.

The fire is the latest in a few around the county. One week ago, occupants of a home in Pasadena accidentally set it on fire while working on the plumbing in a second-story bathroom; three people were also displaced from a Millersville home the same week after a fire was reported in the attic; two West River residents were also forced to evacuate their home last week after waking up to noises and fire in the rear of the house; and neighbors in Severn alerted occupants to an attic fire at their home in another incident.

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