By Pat Warren

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A woman is in critical condition and several other people are injured after jumping from the windows of a Baltimore apartment building that was on fire.

The fire broke out in a three-story apartment building located in the 5200 block of Frankford Ave., shortly before 11 a.m. Wednesday.

“I was outside, somebody came and said the apartment building was on fire,” said Maurice Jackson, who lives in the apartments.

With firefighters on the way, Jackson took action.

“So I ran up there, and I went and got the fire extinguisher and tried to put the fire out, but it got too hot too fast, so I got out,” he said.

“We had heavy fire and smoke showing from the second floor rear of the apartment,” said Baltimore City Fire Chief Roman Clark.

Jackson got out safely, but others trapped by the fire jumped from third-story windows.

“We had several people that had jumped from the apartment building that suffered some serious injuries,” Clark said. “Two females that had jumped, one was listed in critical condition and being transported. The other one is serious but not critical at this point.”

Of the 11 apartments in the building, 10 were occupied, and all were damaged by the fire.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

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