Fire investigators in Maryland say witnesses reported that a blaze that killed two people, injured firefighters and destroyed several townhouses started outside, so no sprinklers or smoke alarms were activated.
Deputy Chief Stephen Stanton of the North Beach Volunteer Fire Department said State Fire Marshal Brian Geraci confirmed the two deaths in Wednesday's fire in Chesapeake Beach, approximately 28 miles south of Annapolis. The victims weren't immediately identified.
Stanton said firefighters arriving on the scene encountered a large fire and requested a second alarm.
Officials said the bodies of two people who had been trapped in a townhouse were found in the collapsed debris. The victims have not identified.
Officials say three firefighters were burned and one injured a shoulder, but all have been released from hospitals. About 17 people were displaced.
The North Beach Volunteer Fire Department said in a statement on Facebook Thursday that the firefighters hurt in Wednesday's fire are now home with their families.
State Fire Marshal Brian Geraci says investigators are on the scene Thursday probing the cause.