Junior firefighter rescues woman from NE DC apartment fire

Firefighters respond to the scene of an incident.(Getty Images/iStockphoto/MattGush)

A woman was injured in Northeast D.C. Sunday afternoon after a fire broke out in an apartment building. Her rescuer was a junior firefighter with only six months on the job.

According to D.C. fire officials, the blaze broke out around 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon in a three-story residential building near I and 21st streets NE.

Probationary Firefighter Kojo Saunders of Engine 10 located and rescued an adult woman from her burning apartment. Saunders is the second probationary firefighter to make a rescue in 2022.

After the woman was rescued, firefighters were able to contain and extinguish the flames. Fire crews remained on the scene Sunday afternoon to determine what caused the blaze.

The rescued woman was transported to a hospital for treatment. No other injuries were reported.

Joshua Barlow

Joshua Barlow is a writer, composer, and producer who has worked for CGTN, Atlantic Public Media, and National Public Radio. He lives in Northeast Washington, D.C., where he pays attention to developments in his neighborhood, economic issues, and social justice.

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