Damages reach $700,000 in Laurel fire

The Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services is reporting more than $700,000 in damages in the early Sunday morning fire that displaced approximately 40 residents of Tiger Lily Path in the Country Meadows apartment complex in North Laurel.

Fire department officials also said some residents living adjacent to the 24 units that were damaged may also be displaced.

The Red Cross is providing two nights of temporary housing to those displaced, as well as emergency financial assiatnace.

Crews from Howard County responded to the 9700 block of Tiger Lily Path at approximately 5:45 a.m. to find heavy smoke billowing out of the top floor of the three story apartment complex.

Officials from the Howard County fire department, which received aid fromPrince George's County, Anne Arundel County and Montgomery County fire units, said it took 45 minutes to get the fire under control.

Although there were no reported injuries, two of the 80 responding firefighters were treated with minor injuries, one for heat exhaustion and one for a sprained ankle, at Howard County General Hospital. They have since been released, fire officials said.

The cause of the blaze remains unknown as fire department officials continue to interview tenants and investigate.

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