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Cambridge Apartment Building Fire Displaces 35 People


CAMBRIDGE, Md.– Authorities say 35 people were temporarily displaced following an early Tuesday fire at an apartment building located at 416 Pleasant St. in Cambridge.

The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office said the fire started at around 2:30 a.m. at the two-story, wood-frame building containing 15 apartments and three businesses.

Residents inside the building at the time said it was a wake up call that nobody ever wants to get.

"I heard a whole lot of hollering and beating and banging.  The cops telling me to get out, the building is on fire. I attempted to get out, rushing my family, my daughter and my wife out of there," said Jabron Moore of Cambridge.

"All I saw was nothing but smoke.  You couldn't even see in front of you.  I had to take my cell phone to make a light so that I could get to the exit," said Kermit Travers of Cambridge.

Twenty-three firefighters from the Rescue (Cambridge) Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene and got the blaze under control within 10 minutes.

There were no reported injuries. The fire caused an estimated $20,000 in damage to the structure and another $200 in damage to its contents.

An investigation revealed the fire started in a first-floor foyer and was caused when ordinary combustibles ignited in the stairwell.

The displaced occupants are being assisted by the American Red Cross and the Department of Social Services. The Red Cross noted that it is managing a shelter for the displaced at Jubilee Christian Fellowship on Academy Street in Cambridge.

Travers said he is concerned over when he and his neighbors are going to be able to get back into their homes.

"I am just concerned not only for myself but the other tenants too because they have small children.  Half the people up here are on some kind of medication they have to take to survive," Travers said.

Anyone with additional information about the fire is asked to contact the Lower Eastern Shore Office of the State Fire Marshal at (410) 713-3780.

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