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Massive Apartment fire in District Hts., Md, displaces 70 residents, damages 21 units as flames sweep 4-story building

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DISTRICT HEIGHTS, Md. (WUSA) - Prince George's County fire investigators are looking for the cause of a massive three-alarm fire that displaced at least 70 people after it raced through a four-story apartment building on Tuesday night.

9News Now's Ken Molestina reported that a police officer driving past saw flames, burning up toward the roof of the building and called for help.

Fire crews responded just after 7 p.m. to the 1900 block of Rochelle Ave., where the two-alarm blaze grew to three alarms, according to a spokesman for the Prince George's County Fire Dept.

The fire damaged an entire building, more than 20 apartments in all. No serious injuries have been reported.

A dog reportedly died in the fire.

No cause has been established for the fire which reportedly began on the first floor and spread upwards. Fire officials say the damage is estimated at $300,000.

The Red Cross is helping the displaced residents. Firefighters were treated for fatigue and smoke inhalation.

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