Fire crews battled a large fire in the 1400 block of University Boulevard in Hyattsville that displaced numerous families Monday.
Numerous 911 calls reached firefighters at about 5:45 p.m. Firefighters arrived on the scene to find heavy smoke pushing from the pitched roof of three attached buildings. A heavy fire was blazing in a top floor apartment at the back of a three-story apartment building.
The apartments had recently been renovating and a pitched roof was added above the original flat roof. The fire burned through the flat roof, the fire department said, and extended into the attic.
Firefighters had to pull apart the flat roof and cut into the pitched roof to ventilate the thick smoke and extinguish the fire. No civilian injuries were reported. One firefighter injured his hand and was transported to a local hospital. In total, 60 firefighters were involved in extinguishing the blaze.
Fifty residents from 11 apartments are displaced. The County Citizen Services Unit, apartment management and the Red Cross were working on finding shelter for the displaced residents.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, the fire department said. Damages are estimated at $200,000