WASHINGTON - One man was rescued and over a dozen were forced out into the cold after an apartment fire overnight in Southeast, D.C.
Firefighters used a ladder to rescue the man from his second floor apartment after the fire was reported just before 3 a.m. in the 4200 block of 6th Street. Officials say the man suffered critical injuries and was hospitalized. They say another patient was being evaluated for injuries.
Fire officials say the blaze originated at a stove. They also say hoarding conditions were found in the apartment where the fire originated.
A warming station has been set up at a nearby recreation center for nine adults and ten children who were displaced. The Red Cross and HSEMA have stepped in to offer assistance.
#DCsBravest investigators have determined 6th St SE fire cause was accidental, originating at stove. We now have 9 adults & 10 children displaced. HSEMA and @RedCrossNCR providing assistance. Firefighters dealing with icing conditions. pic.twitter.com/KBqdRTgcaj— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) January 18, 2018
6th St SE fire victim taken to hospital was adult male rescued by ladder from fire apartment. We have established warming station at nearby Rec Center for 12 displaced residents. Cause of fire under investigation. pic.twitter.com/HH8BIMiX7V— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) January 18, 2018