GLEN BURNIE, Md. (WJZ) — Several condos are uninhabitable, destroyed by a fast-moving fire near the Glen Burnie Mall.

Weijia Jiang has the damage and first-person accounts from survivors.

Some residents were sleeping when the fire broke out, waking up to rooms filled with black smoke.  Many are still shaken up over this powerful fire.

A three-alarm fire ripped through a Glen Burnie condominium building, displacing at least 11 families.

“The entire top was on fire.  Flames were 30, 40 feet high,” said neighbor Roger Underhill.

Firefighters say the fire started on the top floor and spread quickly—but they don’t know why.

“There could be some common throughways in the attic space so it jumps from one apartment to the other,” said Anne Arundel County fire Department Lt. Keith Hamilton.

“We started beating on all the windows, my son and I,” said one.

That man saw black smoke from half a mile away.  He and his 12-year-old son saved two dogs from one apartment.

Others weren’t so lucky.  Though Donna Eason saved her cat, she lost a lifetime’s worth of work.

“I’m a writer; I’m a poet.  All my writing, 30, 40 years’ worth of writing is in there,” Eason said.

Crews spent several hours boarding the building up.  Fire authorities are not letting anyone inside for now.  That includes people who live there.

“We usually don’t deal with the aftermath.  Now I’m part of the aftermath,” said Kevin Hartlove.

Hartlove, a firefighter himself, came to check on his father’s condo.

“Twenty-eight years helping other people.  Now my dad’s on the receiving end of being helped,” Hartlove said.

Though six homes were totaled and several others damaged, no one was hurt.

The Red Cross is providing food, shelter and supplies to those who are displaced.  Many are staying with nearby family members.  To donate to the Red Cross, click here.

Comments (7)
  1. Richard Cutler says:

    At noon, today, you said the fire was on Water Fountain. Now you say it was on Rapid Water Way. Which was it? I have friends who are on Water Fountain.

  2. Jes says:

    The fire was on rapid water way right across from the pool. And yeah they are condos bot apartments. I live in the community and was worried when I started to get calls there was a fire. Glad to hear no one was hurt but sorry that at least 12 families have been displaced.

  3. Cheryl says:

    It is actually right on the corner of Rapid Water Way and Three Coin Way. The back of the building faces Three Coin Way. I think the address for that building is 6608.

  4. mike says:

    thank you to our firefighters, always on the job

  5. Billy Yesko says:

    I live in this neighborhood. It was on Three Coin Way. Took me almost 2 hours to be able to exit the neighbrhood today.

  6. Friend says:

    For someone like myself who doesn’t have much to give, I want to give what I can to my dear friend Donna who lost her condo due to the fire. My heart goes out to her and the struggles she now faces. As though she never gets a break, this doesn’t help with any situation.

  7. Sam says:

    Jasmine and jessica lOst their home ): there little kids i feel awfully sorrry$:

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