One civilian and five firefighters were transported to the hospital during a three-alarm apartment building fire Saturday.
The nature and cause of the firefighters’ injuries was not reported. DC Fire and EMS posted on its Twitter page that all five were treated and released.
According to several media outlets, more than 150 firefighters were on scene and numerous civilians were rescued — many by ladder.
“We had people hanging out of windows when we got here,” D.C. Fire Chief Gregory Dean told the Washington Post. “We had a pretty chaotic scene for life safety, while at the same time we had heavy fire.”
“The fact that we’re here talking about property damage and not loss of life is just a remarkable testament to our first responders,” D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said.
The fire grew quickly, and, Chief Dean said that, after the search was complete and a few attempts at an interior fire attack, everyone was ordered out and the fire attack went defensive.