By Mike Schuh

LAUREL, Md. (WJZ)– An apartment fire in Prince George’s County left multiple people injured early Friday morning.

The Prince George’s County Fire Department responded to a report of an apartment building on fire in the 9100 block of Scott Adam Court just before 3 a.m.

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Four people were taken to area hospitals for treatment, one with life-threatening injuries, according to officials.

“We took people off the balconies via ladder, and we took other folks out of the building through the doors,” said Mike Yourishin with the Prince George’s County Fire Department.

Some residents said that the smoke was so heavy that they could not see down the hallway.

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“When I went into that hallway, I blacked out,” resident Marcus Yates said. “I turned my phone light on and I couldn’t even see through the smoke with that.”

There is no word on what caused the fire. The investigation is still ongoing.

“I’m just happy to be alive,” a neighbor said. “Never been in a life-threatening situation like this.”

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The Red Cross is assisting 23 adults and eight juveniles replaced as a result of the fire.