A two-alarm fire destroyed two apartments and damaged three others in Columbia on Wednesday morning, displacing two adults and two children, according to the Howard County Department of Fire & Rescue Services.

Firefighters responded to the 7600 block of Woodpark Drive about 10 a.m. after a maintenance worker discovered a fire in a second-floor apartment after responding to reports of water leaking into an apartment below, said Battalion Chief Eric Proctor, a department spokesman.

Finding heavy smoke coming from the apartment, officials requested a second alarm and began battling the blaze, which had been controlled by an activated sprinkler system, Proctor said.

The fire was quickly extinguished, Proctor said.

Two adults and two children were displaced from two apartments that received heavy water and smoke damage and were deemed unsafe to live in, and are receiving support from the American Red Cross, Proctor said.

Three other apartments also received minor water damage, he said.

No injuries were reported, and an investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing, he said.

A damage estimate was not immediately available.

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