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UPDATE: 08:35 pm, 03/12/2011. The Annapolis Fire Department just sent out the following statement:
What could have been a major loss of life and property, provided an example of what can happen when automatic sprinklers and smoke detectors are installed and working properly. At 12:31 p.m., emergency equipment from the City of Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, the United States Naval Academy and Grasonville Fire Departments responded to 701 Glenwood Street, Annapolis, Maryland, for a report of an apartment fire and possibly one person trapped. Engine-38 arrived on location at 12:35 p.m. with flames reported on the fourth floor. A second alarm assignment was immediately requested. The fire was contained to the bedroom of Apartment 418 and was extinguished completely by one automatic sprinkler head. There was water and smoke damage in that apartment, and several other apartments sustained water damage. Two residents were transported to area hospitals for medical reasons.
UPDATE: 05:05 pm, 03/12/2011. The Historic Annapolis Patch was on the scene and has some photos of the fire scene along with an update from the Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis who owns the building.
The Annapolis Fire Department responded to a fire early this afternoon at the Glenwood community in West Annapolis. Glenwood is an 8 story highrise assisted living facility primarily occupied by senior citizens.
The initial alarm sounded shortly after noon with reports of people trapped and fire on the fourth floor. A second alarm was immediately called. The fire was knocked down fairly quickly and placed under control by 12:45pm. However a third alarm was called along with more EMS units to handle any injuries.
From a resident of the complex, an 89 year old woman was pulled from her smokey apartment and transported to the hospital but survived.
More details to follow.