ADELPHI, Md. - Dozens of families in Adelphi remain displaced after a massive fire Wednesday night.
On Thursday, investigators released a 911 call that details the moments before firefighters arrived.
The newly-released call is providing insight on what may have caused the catastrophic fire that injured three firefighters and two residents and left an apartment building dark and empty.
Some residents returned to their units for the first time Thursday trying to salvage what remains.
“The situation is still not good, but at least we have been allowed to get inside and see if we can take any belongings,” said resident Mayor Mlima. “Still, we are not allowed to go back into the building because it is still not safe. Until tomorrow, we might know something that is going on, but they are still trying to dry up and see if we can come back.
“But my own apartment is completely damaged by water because I am on the second floor and the fire was on the fourth floor, which is completely destroyed.”
The fire reportedly started in the kitchen of a fourth-floor apartment before quickly spreading to surrounding units. Investigators say it was all likely an accident and there is nothing suspicious about the fires.
Even so, more than a hundred residents remain displaced after the building was deemed uninhabitable with gas and electricity remaining off.
One day after the dramatic rescues played out on live television, firefighters relived the tense moments and challenges.
“I’m talking to them in a normal voice, I’m trying to not make them excited in anyway,” described Tommy Rhodes of Prince George’s County Fire and EMS. “They were honestly very good because whatever I asked them to do, they were doing it for us. A lot of it, they were trusting us.”
One resident we spoke with said they may know more about when they can return on Friday. They are relying on the apartment's management for updates.
Many residents who live here were at work when the fire started and some returned home to realize most of their belongings were damaged.
Firefighters estimate the loss at $200,000.