Legal news for Maryland Work-related Firefighter-death attorneys—Prince George firefighter injured in Greenbelt Maryland apartment building inferno.
Greenbelt, MD (NewYorkInjuryNews.com) – An apartment blaze forced nine people to jump out of their windows to save their own lives on Saturday, October 17, 2009, announced the WTOP.
The blaze started early morning Saturday around 9 a.m. at the Empiriam Village Apartments located at 5925 Cherry Wood Terrace. Prince George’s County Firefighters and Emergency medical services (EMS) reported to the scene.
The fire appeared to have started on the second and third floor of the apartment building. The flames quickly spread to the roof. The fire blazed trapping tenants inside of the inferno.
Over 100 firefighters worked tirelessly to save the victims who were trapped in the burning building. Firefighters rescued ten people where two victims in their 20s sustained serious burns on their skin and inside their respiratory tract. Firefighters rescued ten people who were trapped in the building. The man and woman who were taken to the hospital were reported to be in critical condition.
Frantic residents appeared on their balconies trying to escape the growing flames. Two families decided to leap from their balcony to escape the intense heat and billowing smoke that was coming from inside their apartment. Four of the children sustained injuries and were transported to a local hospital for treatment. Their names were not released.
A young mother with her child jumped off the balcony as a last resort to get to safety. Both the mother and son were later taken to the hospital for complaints of pain.
As the firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze that was engulfing the building, one of their own was injured battling the flames. The brave firefighter sustained burns to his ears and was treated by medics.
Firefighters defeated the fire by 11a.m. The building sustained severe damages and 169 residents have been displaced. It was not known what caused the fire. Firefighters on the scene reported that they believed the fire began in a second floor bedroom. The damage of the apartment blaze is estimated at $750,000. The Red Cross was present to assist the people who had just lost their homes. Firefighters put out the fire in less than an hour. The Investigation continues.