DC Fire Investigators have determined a devastating blaze in Southeast Washington Saturday was deliberately set.
Four people, including a DC Firefighter, were injured in the fire, from which a 62-year-old woman was rescued from a second floor window. Three transports were made in all. A 52-year-old woman was the most seriously hurt with smoke inhalation injuries. The firefighter was treated on the scene for smoke inhalation and was not transported.
Windy conditions were responsible for fanning the flames from the two-story duplex apartment building onto an adjacent building. Damage estimates to both buildings were placed at $100,000.
After a swift interior attack, commanders determined conditions were so unsafe that the decision was made to evacuate the building and go to heavy duty devices. As heavy fire roared from the rear of the building, master streams were applied until the fire was under control.
Fire investigators continue to aggressively investigate the case. If anyone has any information on this or other incendiary fires in the District, they are asked to call the DC Arson Tip Line - 202-673-ARSON.
Box Alarm: E19, E27, E30, E15, T17, T07, BC3, R3, E08
WFD: E18, BC2, CAR43, AIR2, T13, EMS23, A18, Fire Investigators
2nd Alarm: E10, E32, E07, E03, T16, T10, BC1, FFD, HM, CU, A32