ELKRIDGE, Md. (WJZ) — Five families have been displaced after a two-alarm fire engulfed four townhomes in Howard County overnight.
Alex DeMetrick reports the Red Cross and Howard County Department of Fire & Rescue Services are assisting those families.READ MORE: B&O Railroad Museum Offering Free Admission To Active Duty Military Personnel Through Labor Day
Three patients were evaluated for smoke inhalation. All three received oxygen therapy and then refused transport to an area hospital. Howard County fire officials say the fire broke out on a deck just after 12:30 a.m. in the 6900 block of Ducketts Lane in Elkridge.
When units arrived on scene, they found heavy fire on the back side of a middle townhouse.
Although the fire remains under investigation, first arriving firefighters believe the fire may have originated either on the back deck or from the kitchen of the main fire structure. The fire then climbed the back of the main structure and extended through the attic and roof to four adjacent townhouses.READ MORE: More Baby Formula Is Heading To Store Shelves As Early As This Weekend
The four townhouses suffered extensive damage and are expected to be declared uninhabitable.
It has not been determined whether an additional townhouse involved in the blaze will receive a similar posting.
In total, approximately 60 firefighters from Howard, Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties were on the scene.MORE NEWS: Here's How To Travel Safely And Efficiently On Memorial Day Weekend
There have been no fire department injuries.