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A Laurel volunteer firefighter was injured Wednesday night while responding to a townhouse fire in Laurel.

Mark Brady, Prince George’s County fire/EMS spokesperson, said the firefighter was taken to a hospital and released a short time later.

“He sustained some burns to his ears during the fire fight,” Brady said. “They’re not serious.”

The fire, which began shortly before 7 p.m. Wednesday, consumed three townhouses on Compton Avenue in Laurel, Brady said. Fire loss is estimated at $300,000, he said.

Two of the townhouses were occupied — one by six adults and two children, the other by a single man, Brady said.

All of them escaped uninjured and made alternate living arrangements, he said.

Linda Hatcher lives across the street from the building that caught on fire and said she was at home when it happened.

“I heard an explosion and I thought it might be a car backfiring,” she said. “Then I heard another one, and my dog started barking.”

Hatcher said she called the fire department and started thinking about her own potential escape route.

“It’s kinda shocking to see flames that high and see somebody’s house on fire,” she said. “It was very scary. I felt bad for the people whose homes were involved.”

Firefighters from the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department and Laurel Volunteer Rescue Squad responded to the fire, with support from Howard, Montgomery and Anne Arundel County firefighters, Brady said.

The fire remains under investigation, and no cause has yet been determined, Brady said.