21 residents displaced following Northwest DC fire

Twenty-one people were displaced from their home following a fire Tuesday afternoon in a Northwest D.C. apartment building.

It happened in the 4500 block of 13th Street Northwest. D.C. Fire and EMS rescued one person who was expected to be taken to the hospital for observation, after what was described as a “labor-intensive operation” that required additional engines and one truck.

“We began to attack the fire, evacuate the building. We were able to knock down the initial fire but the fire had gotten into the partitions; it was spreading up the walls to the second floor,” D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Vito Maggiolo said.

“We bought additional hose lines up to the second floor, exposed the fire in the walls by pulling ceilings and opening up the walls. And that fire has now been extinguished.”

Fire officials said 21 people and four pets were displaced Tuesday. The regional Red Cross was providing assistance.

Below is the area where the fire happened.

WTOP’s Mike Murillo contributed to this report.

Abigail Constantino

Abigail Constantino started her journalism career writing for a local newspaper in Fairfax County, Virginia. She is a graduate of American University and The George Washington University.

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