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Posted at 8:26 PM ET, 03/ 3/2011

Fire at Capitol Hill apartment building

By Clarence Williams

This story has been updated.

A two-alarm fire at an apartment building in Capitol Hill has been knocked down, D.C. fire officials said Thursday night.

Firefighters got a call of a fire on the third floor of a six-story apartment building in the 1200 block of G St. SE. about 7:45 p.m. There was heavy smoke coming from an apartment on the third floor, said Pete Piringer, a fire department spokesman.

Amid heavy smoke conditions, firefighters rescued at least six people. They also helped about two dozen people evacuate the building, which has many seniors as residents.

Authorities took two people to a hospital with smoke inhalation, and a firefighter who injured his hand. None of the injuries were believed to be life threatening. Dozens of people were being evaluated at the scene.

The fire was extinguished in about 15 minutes. Authorities said about 125 firefighters and medics responded to the scene. The fire was confined to one apartment, but smoke and water damage affected several others.

By Clarence Williams  | March 3, 2011; 8:26 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  
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