The Washington Post

Firefighters rescue residents from D.C. apartment building

More than a dozen people were rescued from the upper floors of an apartment building in Northwest Monday evening after a fire broke out in a kitchen of one of the apartments, D.C. fire officials said.

When fire crews arrived at the building in the 200 block of Upshur Street Northwest, the third floor of the building was engulfed in flames and several residents were hanging out of windows, calling for help, according to Pete Piringer, spokesman for the D.C. fire department. Fire crews had to bring some of the trapped residents down ladders as they worked to bring the fire under control.

No serious injuries were reported, although one woman and a child were taken to an area hospital for treatment, Piringer said.

The exact cause of the blaze is under investigation.

Annie Gowen is The Post’s India bureau chief and has reported for the Post throughout South Asia and the Middle East.
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