Firefighters respond to two-alarm blaze at townhouse complex in Annapolis

E.B. Furgurson III
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Firefighters were called to a fire in a row of townhouses on Gemini Drive in Annapolis on Saturday evening.

A second alarm was called on the blaze that was reported to involve more than one unit in the complex off Hilltop Lane. Gemini Drive was completely closed off between Hilltop and Forest Drive.

The call came at about 7:40 p.m. for a fire with people trapped in the 1200 block of Gemini Drive, Annapolis fire department Capt. Richard Svoboda said; a mix of townhouses and apartments are in that area.

Firefighters arrived to see heavy smoke showing and all the occupants out of the building with no injuries reported initially.

The first units then discovered heavy fire at the rear of the buildings.

“Firefighters made an aggressive attack on the fire,” Svoboda said. The fire was knocked down in 30 to 40 minutes, he said.

Three units were damaged in the fire, two directly by fire and one suffered residual damage, Svoboda said

Firefighters from Anne Arundel County and the Naval Academy were assisting. Unofficial reports said 26 fire units were called to the scene.

There were no reported injuries to occupants or firefighters, Svoboda said. The Red Cross was called to aid three adults rendered homeless by the blaze.

Crews were still on the scene as of 9:25 p.m.

The cause is under investigation by the Maryland Office of the State Fire Marshal, Svoboda added.

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