Three fires in District displace 9, leave one firefighter injured

District firefighters battled three fires Wednesday morning in Capitol Hill, Bloomingdale and Columbia Heights, forcing at least nine people from their homes and leaving one firefighter injured, according to authorities.

The first and most damaging fire occurred about 3 a.m. in the 100 block of 15th Street NE, on the edge of Capitol Hill, between Lincoln Park and Eastern Senior High School. That fire went to two alarms, drawing about 100 firefighters.

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Timothy Wilson, a fire department spokesman, said the intensity of the fire in the rowhouse forced firefighters out of the structure, and they had to pour water from the outside. Flames were on the first and second floors and through the roof.

Wilson said the fire was put under control in about an hour, and that one firefighter suffered minor injuries and was taken to an area hospital for treatment. Details of his injuries and condition were not immediately available. Wilson said one occupant got out safely.

About 4 a.m., firefighters responded to the first block of T Street NE, in Bloomingdale, where a fire had broken out in a rowhouse attic. The fire was out within an hour, Wilson said, but five adults and two children were left without a place to live. All escaped unharmed, Wilson said.

Firefighters were again called to a fire shortly after 8 a.m. in Northwest Washington’s Columbia Heights neighborhood. Wilson said one person was displaced in a fire that broke out in a second floor apartment. The fire was extinguished in about 20 minutes.

All three fires are under investigation, and no cause has been determined.

 
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