More than 30 people are displaced after a building fire in North Laurel, Maryland.

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According to the Howard County Fire Department, flames erupted just before 4:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon at a three-story apartment building in the 9700 block of Tiger Lily Path.

It took crews about an hour to extinguish the flames. Officials said the fire damaged 12 apartments in the building. Fortunately, a firewall prevented the flames from spreading to other buildings.

Investigators said two cats were treated for smoke inhalation after the fire, but both were returned to their owners and are expected to recover. No other residents of the building were injured in the fire.

About 32 residents were displaced as a result of the fire. Fire officials say they are being helped by the building’s management company and the American Red Cross.

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The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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