Firefighters make ladder rescues, battle fire at Southeast D.C. senior housing complex

WASHINGTON, DC - D.C. Fire and EMS say they responded to the Arthur Capper Senior center for a major fire on Wednesday afternoon.

Fire crews say there was heavy fire coming through the roof in the 5-story apartment building, locaged on 900 5th Street in Southeast, that houses more than 100 apartments for senior citizens.

Crews say they had to make ladder rescues and four residents were taken to the hospital for minor injuries.

Neighbors and nearby U.S. marines also helped alert residents to the fire and get them out of the building safely.

As of Wednesday night, D.C. Fire and EMS says their searches inside the building have proven negative, but they will conduct a full accounting of residents.

They were temporarily relocated to the King Greenleaf Recreation Center.

Some of those who assisted, as well as residents inside the building, reported that they never heard a fire alarm go off.

At a press conference, Mayor Muriel Bowser said fire investigators will look into whether or not the fire alarms worked, if the sprinklers were activated, and determine the cause.

Fire officials believe the fire started on the roof, but were unable to say how as of Wednesday.

According to the Arthur Capper Senior website, the building was built was completed in 2007.

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