D.C. Firefighters Rescue Senior Citizens, 2-Alarm Fire

Firefighters encountered heavy fire coming from the first floor.


D.C. firefighters say about a dozen senior citizens and disabled residents were rescued from a two-alarm fire Wednesday.

D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services spokesman Alan Etter said firefighters were called to an apartment complex in the 400 block of H Street just after 11 p.m.

Etter said first arriving units encountered heavy fire coming from the first floor of the apartment building.

One of the people rescued was a blind woman who firefighters said lived next door to the apartment where blaze started.

Officials said five people were treated on the scene and a 61-year-old woman was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Firefighters said the blaze was contained to the first floor of the building.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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