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.