Dozens displaced after early morning blaze at Salisbury apartment complex
SALISBURY, Md.- Dozens of people in Salisbury are now searching for a new place to call home, after an early morning fire broke out at an apartment complex on Tuesday.
According to The Salisbury Fire Department, the fire broke out on the third floor of a Mill Pond Village Apartment Building around 1:30 a.m., behind the Days Inn on North Salisbury Boulevard. Several crews responded to help including Hebron, Parsonsburg, Fruitland, Laurel and Delmar fire companies, totaling 42 firefighters in all.
Officials say it took 45 minutes to put the blaze out which ultimately caused half a million dollars in damages and left 24 units deemed unsafe to live in. Luckily, no injuries were reported.
One resident tells 47 ABC she’s at a loss because everything they had was in their apartment. “It’s a big inconvenience. That’s all we have is our apartment. We need to get in there. There’s no electricity. There’s no water. We have to find somewhere to go in the meantime, until they get that together,” says Trevira Brown, resident at Mill Pond Village.
According to the State Fire Marshal, the fire was caused by discarded smoking materials. The building’s automatic sprinkler prevented the fire from spreading and is credited with saving a life. The apartment complex declined to comment on the situation.