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Early morning fire spreads to five homes in Edgewood, no injuries reported

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Posted at 6:50 AM, Apr 10, 2023
and last updated 2023-04-10 17:19:41-04

EDGEWOOD, Md. — A raging fire at just after 5:30 in the morning on Brookside Drive in Edgewood drove people from their homes, and Jennifer Rogers says they had little time to react.

“I was going to go downstairs and get my uniform, and the dog was barking, and my son had looked out the window and saw flames coming,” said Rogers, “and then police shortly after that banged on the door.”

The three alarm fire spread to five separate townhouses, but some were vacant, leaving a total of seven people to get out on their own before firefighters arrived.

“They determined that everyone had evacuated so right now, at this point, we have no injuries. No reports of anyone getting hurt on this fire and even all of the animals have made it out,” said Sr. Deputy State Fire Marshal Oliver Alkire, “So we’re very fortunate due to the amount of fire that we had.”

Investigators believe the fire started on the second floor balcony of one of the townhouses, but they don’t know what caused it.

Rogers was able to save some family photos and some of her jewelry, counting herself luckier than some of her neighbors who lost everything to the flames.

“My townhome still has quite a bit of damage, but I’m not totaled at least so a lot of it is salvageable.”