Residents jump to safety as fire hits Philly-area apartments

    A mother and her daughters jumped to safety and several other residents were rescued as an early morning fire ripped through a suburban Philadelphia apartment building.

    Firefighters say nearly 100 people were temporarily displaced by the blaze Wednesday at the Washington Towers complex on Bethlehem Pike in Whitemarsh Township.

    Two people were hospitalized with smoke inhalation. One person suffered minor burns.

    The fire broke at the four-story building out around 1 a.m. Flames were seen on the second and third floors. The blaze was was under control within 90 minutes.

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    Firefighters and police officers used ladders to rescue people who had fled to balconies and fire escapes.

    The cause is under investigation.

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