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Crews Respond to Fire in High-Rise Building on Glenwood Street

Officials said three patients were being evaluated, and that an undetermined number of residents will likely be evacuated from the building.

Crews from the city, Anne Arundel and Queen Anne's counties and U.S. Naval Academy fire departments responded to a fire in a high-rise building on Glenwood Street at about 12:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

 The fire occurred at the Morris H. Blum Senior Apartments building, which belongs to the Housing Authority of the city of Annapolis (HACA), and houses about 128 elderly and disabled residents, according to HACA's website.

Tony Spencer, a public information officer for the Annapolis Fire Department, said the cause of the fire is unclear at this time. Spencer confirmed that it was a 2-alarm fire.

Spencer said two residents of the building were transported to nearby hospitals for medical reasons.

The fire occurred inside the bedroom of an apartment on the fourth floor, according to a news release issued by Spencer Saturday evening.

The fire was contained to that apartment, but smoke spread on the fourth floor. According to Spencer, there was smoke and water damage inside the apartment where the fire occurred and in other apartments as well. 

While a ladder truck was set up to help residents escape from the upper floors, Spencer said it did not have to be used.

Vincent Leggett, HACA executive director, and other HACA officials were on the scene, along with representatives from the American Red Cross to assess the damage and determine the safety of the building.

As of Saturday afternoon, Spencer said residents would have to be evacuated, but it is unclear where or how many at this time.

Update March 14, 6 p.m. — According to Spencer, the damage estimate is $150,000. The fire was determined to be an accident, but the cause is still unknown.

This story was updated at 9 p.m. Saturday with additional information and to clarify the name of the building as the Morris H. Blum Senior Apartments. It was updated on March 14 to include the damage estimate.

simonds February 03, 2013 at 06:31 PM
Those goofy seniors are always lighting up the place.

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