D.C. Firefighters Battle 4-Alarm Condo Fire


About 100 firefighters were called to the 2600 block of Adams Mill Road in Northwest D.C. early Monday morning to battle a massive condo fire.

The four-alarm fire began at about 1 a.m., officials said.

Two firefighters suffered minor injuries from falling debris while battling the blaze. No one else was hurt.

News4's Magan McGrath reported that all the residents who live in the building in Adams Morgan were safely evacuated. The residents of more than 30 units were displaced, officials said.

Residents from the buildings on either side of the one that was on fire were evacuated and have been allowed back into their homes.

Mayor Adrian Fenty and other officials will hold a press conference at the site of the fire in the 2600 block of Adams Mill Road NW at noon today.

Fire department spokesman Alan Etter said that because of low water pressure in the area, firefighters were not able to immediately begin fighting the fire.

A secondary hose was run several thousand feet to another hydrant on Connecticut Avenue, officials said.

One official said locating a hydrant with proper water pressure cost firefighters about an hour to two hours before they could begin extinguishing the fire.

Etter said a temporary shelter is being set up at Engine 21 on the 1700 block of Lanier Place, and the Red Cross is assisting the displaced people.

All lanes of Connecticut Avenue has been reopened to traffic in both directions. Street closures remain in the area of Calvert Street at 18th Street and Adams Mill Road. D.C. Department of Transportation and police officers continue to direct traffic in the area.