A two alarm townhouse fire in Manassas has sent three people to the hospital, including two firefighters who were rescued after calling mayday during the fire fight.
According to Battalion Chief Thomas Jarman, spokesman for the Prince William County Fire Department, a 911 call reporting a townhouse fire in the 10900 block of Pope Street came in around 12:44 a.m.
Within four minutes fire crews arrived on the scene to find fire showing from a two story middle-of-the-row townhome.
After entering the burning building two firefighters initiated a "mayday" call, and were pulled from the structure. Both were taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor burns. A civilian was also transported for evaluation of minor burns. Their current conditions are unknown at this time.
Six townhomes were damaged in the blaze, four of which suffered significant damage. A total of twelve residents and some pets have been displaced. They are being assisted by the Red Cross.
Approximately 70 firefighters responded to the fire. An initial investigation was delayed by a gas-fed fire.