'We Had People Hanging Out of Windows': Fire Officials Describe Blaze That Engulfed D.C. Apartment
Around 100 firefighters were dispatched to battle a four-story apartment blaze that broke out overnight.
Around 100 firefighters were dispatched to battle a four-story apartment blaze in Washington, D.C., that left residents jumping from windows.
“We had people hanging out of windows when we got here,” D.C. Fire Chief Gregory Dean said in a press conference Saturday morning. “A couple people from the second floor jumped. Firefighters were able to catch them. We had a pretty chaotic scene for life safety, and at the same time, we had a fire.”
Others were rescued by ladder after the three-alarm fire broke out in the middle of the night.
“This is probably one of the most significant responses, at least in the past ten years,” said D.C. Fire spokesman Vito Maggiolo.
A resident and four firefighters were transported to the hospital, and four residents were treated at the scene, officials said. None of the injuries are believed to be life threatening.
“We’re not aware of anyone that is missing or is looking for family members,” he said. “We’re thankful for that fact.”
Officials said more than 200 people are being temporarily rehomed at a local community center following the devastating fire.
“Fifty plus families have been displaced, the structure’s totally gone,” Maggiolo said. “This is going to be a long term recovery for all involved in the particular disaster.”
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