Two jump from third floor, four others rescued in SE fire

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WASHINGTON, D.C — DC Fire and EMS responded to a call in the 2900 block of 2nd Street, SE for a report of a fire this morning around 7:45.  Two people jumped to safety from a third story apartment.

Truck Company 16 arrived within four minutes and found a fire on the second floor of a three story building.  There were residents trapped on the third floor.  DC FEMS used the aerial ladder to rescue two children and an adult.  The 21-year-old, along with 12 and 5-year-olds, were transported to an area hospital for observation.  The two residents that jumped were taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.  An 8-year-old was also transported for observation.

The fire was extinguished quickly, but one firefighter suffered burns to her hands while manning a fire hose to fight the blaze.  She was treated at a burn center and released.  Twenty-nine people were displaced and are being assisted by the Red Cross.

The investigation into the fire revealed that it was accidental.