Sprinklers help extinguish Columbia apartment fire

Howard County fire officials say two people were injured in an apartment fire that occurred Saturday evening in the 9100 block of Gracious End Court in Columbia.

Shortly before 8 p.m., Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue units responded to an automatic fire alarm, and the county 911 center also received calls about a fire and a possible burn victim.

Responders found there had been a flash fire in the dining room of a third floor apartment. Officials said the fire caused a sprinkler to activate, and the blaze was extinguished.

Two occupants received first- and second-degree burns. They refused transport to a hospital after accepting treatment by paramedics on scene, fire officials said.

Occupants of other apartments were allowed back into the building to offer protection from the cold, as temperatures outside were in the low 20s.

Fire officials said the property management company is working to offer assistance to the families who were impacted by this incident.

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