Early video: Initial attack by PGFD at Laurel, MD duplex fire.

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Video from City of Laurel PIO Pete Piringer (Pete Ppiringer) from a fire at 1:30 this afternoon in the 900 block of 5th Street. The fire apparently required a second alarm for PIOs, with PGFD Chief Spokesman Mark Brady providing this press release and pictures on his blog:

An unattended candle is believed to have started a fire in a 1st floor apartment in the 900 block of 5th Street in Laurel today about 1:30 pm.

A Laurel City Police Officer spotted a column of smoke and discovered the fire. He notified his dispatcher and proceeded to search for occupants. The apartment was unoccupied.

Firefighters arrived to extinguish a bedroom fire within 7 minutes of arrival. One of 3 pet box turtles was found and returned to the owner.

Two occupants of the apartment which is one of four in this 2-story apartment building will be displaced and assisted by our Citizen Services Unit.

Preliminary fire loss is estimated at $25, 000. No injuries reported.

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