Twenty-one people were displaced by a one-alarm apartment fire in Oakland Mills Thursday night.
At 7:24 p.m. firefighters from the Long Reach, Banneker, Rivers Park, Savage and Bethany stations responded to the blaze, which caused $175,000 damage.
Firefighters hosed down the second-floor fire at the Oakland Meadows complex in the 5900 block of Stevens Forest Road until 8:26 p.m. Two units had smoke and water damage.
Nearby apartment renters were forced from their homes because electric power was turned off in the building to protect firefighters.
In all, eight families were moved to a local motel or to the homes of relatives Thursday night, said Scott Knox, assistant director of emergency services for the Central Maryland Red Cross.
No injuries were reported. One resident was treated for shock and released from Howard County Hospital, fire officials said.
The fire probably started in the kitchen area of a second-floor apartment, fire officials said.
Inspectors permitted most residents to return to their homes after electricity was restored Friday. The apartment complex's management company provided other apartments for the two families whose homes were damaged seriously.