Eighteen people were displaced and two Howard County firefighters suffered minor injuries when an Ellicott City apartment building caught fire early yesterday.
The blaze broke out about 7 a.m. on the top floor of the three-story building at 8657 Town and Country Blvd., spreading into the attic, said Fire Chief Joseph Herr. The roof of the building collapsed.
Fourteen of the building's 18 residents were home at the time and were safely evacuated. Firefighters searching for the other four residents learned they were out of town.
Two firefighters were hit by a large piece of aluminum that was dislodged from the roof by water from the high-pressure hoses, Herr said. The firefighters were taken to Howard County General Hospital, where they were treated and released.
The cause of the fire was under investigation.