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18 displaced in two-alarm apartment fire in Greenbelt

GREENBELT, Md. (WUSA 9) -- Eighteen residents have been displaced from six condo units after a two-alarm apartment fire in Greenbelt early Saturday morning.

The fire occurred in the 8400 block of Greenbelt Road around 5 a.m., fire officials said.

An 87-year-old man was transported to the hospital after suffering from smoke inhalation. Fire officials say he is in stable condition.


Firefighters said hoarding conditions made it difficult for firefighters.

For the second time this week, firefighters in our area have had to deal with hoarding conditions while putting out a fire.

Kelly Smith didn't take any chances and got out as fast as she could.

"It was really scary. I freaked out, grabbed the dog and ran outside."

Juanita Long lives right next door to the burned condo. Smoke woke her up.

"I saw smoke come into the kitchen it was already in the kitchen. That's when we heard the fire alarm."

The 87-year-old resident went to the hospital for smoke inhalation and minor cuts.

"He busted out the window and crawled out," said Smith. "His feet were bloody and left a blood trail. He walked all the way to the Shell and called 911."

When Prince George's County firefighters got to the Chelsea Wood Condominium around 5 a.m. they saw smoke billowing from the three story building. They had trouble fighting the fire because of storage items packed from floor to ceiling.

Several days ago Arlington County firefighters dealt with a similar situation.
They rescued two people who had escaped to the roof of their home.

Investigators don't know what sparked Saturday's fire.

"I'm just thankful I have my stuff and everyone got out safely," said Long.

The Red Cross is helping the 18 people who were displaced.


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