D.C. Fire investigators were working to figure out what caused a two-alarm fire in the 3200 Block of North Capitol Street, NE Sunday.
It broke out around 8:15 p.m. in a four-unit apartment building. Some neighbors told firefighters they heard an explosion before the blaze started.
“I start hearing the noises, some popping, and I thought it was gunshots, but is wasn’t. I saw the smoke, and the lights coming from over top, so I came down to the alley, and it was blazing, I mean, it was really blazing,” said neighbor Kenny Wright.
Investigators believe the fire began in a wooden porch on the back of the building, then quickly spread to both floors.
In the process of getting everyone out, Firefighters say two residents and one firefighter suffered smoke and burn injuries described as serious but non-life-threatening.
Everyone eventually got out safely. But all four units appear to be gutted.
Brenda Morris came home from work to discover her family was safe, but that she lost everything else.
“My two daughters and my grandson and my daughter’s friend, and they just got up out of there. I wasn’t there. But they’re safe, my little Chihuahua is safe, and I’m alright. But I lost everything. I have nothing, nothing. Not a thing, nothing,” Morris said.