2 firetrucks crash while heading to apartment fire in Southeast DC

WASHINGTON — Two firetrucks crashed into each other on the way to an apartment fire Friday night in Southeast D.C., injuring several firefighters.

Around 6:45 p.m., the firetrucks collided on 15th and K streets in Southeast, not far from the blaze that broke out in the 1400 block of L Street.

Eight firefighters were taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

More units were dispatched to treat the apartment fire.

D.C. Fire and EMS spokesperson Vito Maggiolo said an active fire was present coming from the fourth floor of the L Street building. A woman and another firefighter were both taken to the hospital with some injuries. A cat was also treated and revived on the scene, and taken to an animal shelter.

The city is working to provide alternate housing for residents who were displaced.

No word yet on the cause of the fire. The investigation is ongoing.

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