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Fire at Rhode Island & 14th

5:57 p.m. Update: The fire at the Windsor House Apartments at 1444 Rhode Island Ave. NW broke out about 4:40 p.m., said Pete Piringer, a spokesman for the D.C. fire and rescue department.

The blaze broke out on the ninth floor and then spread to part of the tenth floor, Piringer said. Dozens of people were evacuated from the building, which is about halfway between 14th and 15th streets Northwest.

At least one person was found trapped and was taken down the back side of the building by a ladder, Piringer said.

"Those were pretty tough conditions up there," he said.

Two people have been transported to a hospital, both with "pretty heavy smoke inhalation," Piringer said. There's no indication of the cause yet.

-- Paul Duggan

5:30 p.m. Update: D.C. Fire/EMS spokesman Pete Piringer says heavy fire was coming from the upper floors of the 10-story apartment buildings. There are at least two injuries, he said. Roads are closed in the general area, including 14th and 15th streets NW and Rhode Island.

5:20 p.m. Update: District officials advise drivers to avoid the 14th Street and Rhode Island Avenue area. 14th is blocked in both directions, officials said.

5:06 p.m. Update: D.C. Fire/EMS officials report that there are some injuries. No word yet on how severe. O'Connell says there is "more smoke than flame now."

5:04 p.m. Update: O'Connell reports that onlookers can see water coming from inside the building. The flames are "down quite a bit."

4:55 p.m. Update: O'Connell reports that at least 100 people have gathered to watch the blaze.

4:50 p.m. Update: O'Connell reports that eight fire trucks are on the scene. he describes the fire as massive with "debris flying out." The flames appear to be coming from the ninth floor, he says.

Original post: The Post's Jonathan O'Connell reports that thee is a fire at the Windsor House apartments at 14th Street NW and Rhode Island Avenue. Expect traffic issues.

By Michael Bolden  | November 2, 2010; 5:50 PM ET
Categories:  Congestion, District  
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