Officials: Md. apartment fire displaces over 40 people; firefighter, 5 others injured

The scene of a major apartment fire in Prince George's County. (Kentland Volunteer Fire Department)

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, Md. (WJLA) - Firefighters were working a two-alarm fire at an apartment in Hillcrest Heights Tuesday morning that was so intense crews were ordered to evacuate, before they were allowed back in to fight the blaze.

Officials say two people were rescued by firefighters and a total of five were being treated by EMS, including a firefighter. Only two of those people that were treated had injuries severe enough to be taken to a hospital.

The fire displaced more than 40 people from their homes and destroyed 11 units at the apartment, ABC7's Ryan Hughes reported from the scene.

The Prince George's Fire Department said the fire broke out at the Carriage Hill Apartments in the 3300 block of Curtis Drive and the fire had extended into the roof of the two-story apartment building.

An EMS Task Force was called to bring more ambulances and medical units to the scene. The Red Cross is assisting the displaced residents. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

WATCH LIVE from the scene here:

This story has been updated.

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