A fire broke out in Columbia, Maryland as firefighters struggled to keep the blaze under control.
A fire broke out earlier today in Columbia, MD, which quickly spread throughout multiple townhouses. According to a report from the Washington Post, the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services alerted residents via Twitter that a 911 call reported an explosion on the 12000 block of Sleepy Horse Lane on Wednesday night.
The fire department reported that crews discovered at least one townhouse completely engulfed in flames upon their arrival Wednesday evening.
Officials report that one worker with BGE was inured in the blaze, but there are currently no reports of where the employee was at the time. The department also reported rescuing an individual from a neighboring townhouse unit. Fire officials at the site took longer than expected to arrive, declining to answer phone calls about the inferno.
According to local resident Andrea Gershman, “The explosion was so loud… I fell on the ground.” Gershman’s relative Ira elaborates, “We were 10,12 feet from it It was unbelievable. It was a two-floor explosion.”
Sources indicate that the blaze had spread to at least three townhouses in the Columbia neighborhood, and the callers reported hearing a massive explosion prior to officials arriving on the scene. Another local resident tweeted that the explosion blew out his door frame.