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02-24-2009, 04:52 AM #1
Dozens Displaced After Baltimore Apartment Fire
Firefighters first received a call around 3:30 p.m.
The fire and smoke moved quickly but neighbors knocked on doors and got everyone out.
While the belongings of several families were completely destroyed, no lives were lost.
"I was asleep, and I heard the crackling noise. I didn't know what was going on. Then I smelled smoke and grabbed my coat and ran out the house just in time," says Joyce Sheperd.
Most of the apartment residents were not hurt, but one woman injured her ankle.
"One woman suffered an ankle injury after jumping from a second floor balcony in an attempt to escape the fire in her apartment," said fire department spokesman Chief Kevin Cartwright.
Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control.
One elderly resident escaped only with flip-flops.
Firefighters rescued not just human victims, but pets as well. Three dogs were seen nearby in cages.
Emotions soon set in as residents faced the reality of all their belongings being destroyed.
"I'm upset that all that I worked for is gone, but I thank God that everybody made it out," said Donita Cook.
Another resident tried to stay optimistic.
"You just have to start over again. I mean it's just material things, at least I'm alive," said Sean Smith.
The Red Cross responded to the scene and provided assistance to residents.Proud to be a "LID" since 1994
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