Four people were rescued from second-story apartments by firefighters on ladders after a fire broke out in an apartment building in Northwest Baltimore on Tuesday night, according to the Baltimore Fire Department.

Firefighters responded to the building, at 4000 Fords Lane in the city's Glen neighborhood, about 7:45 p.m. and found heavy fire and smoke showing from the building of closely built garden-style apartments, said Captain Roman Clark, a department spokesman.

Shortly after arriving, firefighters identified a man and woman trapped in a second-story apartment on the front of the building, as well as a man and woman trapped in a second-story apartment at the rear of the building, Clark said.

Firefighters extended ladders to the residents' apartments and all were rescued without injury, Clark said. No firefighters were injured, either.

"The firefighters did a stellar job," Clark said.

The fire was contained to one apartment and part of a hallway, but smoke and water caused damage in a total of nine apartments, displacing the residents of each, Clark said.

The American Red Cross was on the scene Tuesday night, along with a neighborhood group, offering assistance to the displaced families, Clark said.

The fire remains under investigation.

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