WILLIAMSPORT - Five people were displaced from their homes Sunday when flames swept through the third floor of a downtown Williamsport apartment building, according to fire officials and a report from the Maryland State Fire Marshal.
Capt. Kevin Lewis, who was the incident commander on the scene for Williamsport Fire and Emergency Medical Services, said residents of three units planned to stay with family members after the two-alarm blaze.
"We were standing here and heard a ... pop or gunfire, and the next thing we know, we saw smoke and flames coming out of the building," said Dean Martin, an East Salisbury Street resident who stood in an alley between his home and the back of the building, watching as firefighters tended to smoldering debris.
The noise was like a shotgun blast, Martin said.
A Washington County Emergency dispatcher said more than 70 emergency workers, including firefighters from Williamsport, Halfway, Funkstown, Clear Spring, Fairplay, Maugansville and Hagerstown departments, responded to the scene after the fire was reported at about 7 p.m. Lewis said no one was hurt.