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: Now That Students Have Returned To The Classroom, One Question Remains: Are Children Safe?
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: 'I'm All About Ellicott City' Ellicott City Residents & Business Owners React To Number 10 Ranking On Money Magazine's 'Best Places To Live List'
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: Audit Finds Electronic Tolls Overbilled Maryland Drivers
There have been no fire department injuries.