Fifteen people and a pet turtle are displaced after a fire in a Southeast D.C. home on Sunday evening.
D.C. firefighters responded for a reported fire in an apartment building at 2100 15th St. SE around 8 p.m. Sunday.
First responders battled heavy fire conditions on the first floor. Children were rescued by ladder from the building’s rear.
There were no injuries. Volunteers with the capital region Red Cross assisted displaced residents.
The turtle — named Jeff — was returned to its owner unharmed.
Investigators are still working to determine what caused the fire.
Update Working Fire 2100 block 15th St SE. #DCsBravest have placed the fire under control. Despite the potential, there were no injuries. Among those brought to safety from the 1st floor and turned over to his owner was Jeff the turtle. Investigators on scene to determine cause. pic.twitter.com/nbHuE4wgIf
— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) June 7, 2021