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A fire that tore through a Montgomery Village apartment complex on Tuesday night sent two firefighters and three apartment residents to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, said Beth Anne Nesselt, a Montgomery County Fire and Rescue spokeswoman.

The fire, which broke out at about 7:19 p.m. in the 19300 block of Club House Road in Montgomery Village, burned through a number of the garden style apartments, Nesselt said. When firefighters arrived on the scene, flames were bursting through the apartment roof.

“At least a half dozen people were trapped on the second and third floor,” Nesselt said. Firefighters performed a number of rescues, both of people and pets.

At the height of the blaze, more than 100 firefighters were on the scene.

Red Cross arrived to assist residents who had been displaced by the fire. About 12 apartments were affected by the fire and Nesselt estimated about two dozen people were displaced.

The apartment complex suffered about $500,000 in damages with another $250,000 in damages to contents. The fire was ruled accidental, Nesselt said, but the cause has not yet been released.

ablum@gazette.net