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1635 V Street S.E.

February 28, 2015: Story & Photos By Vito Maggiolo & Others

One resident was taken to the hospital and others sheltered in place as fire gutted an apartment in Southeast DC on Saturday afternoon, February 28th.

The blaze erupted around 4:35 PM in an occupied three story garden apartment at 1635 V Street SE. There was fire showing from a rear first floor apartment on arrival.

A working fire dispatch was sounded as firefighters rushed in to attack the flames and assist occupants calling out for help. People who had fled to their balconies were kept calm and told to remain in place while the blaze was brought under control.

2800 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.

February 27, 2015: Story By: Vito Maggiolo

A plush hotel on the edge of Georgetown had to be evacuated after fire broke out on Thursday morning, February 27th.

The blaze took place at the Four Seasons Hotel, 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, shortly before 11 AM. Firefighters found smoke coming from a laundry chute, and began applying water from several levels. Further investigation discovered the the flames had also entered a void space around the chute.

Units were on the scene for over an hour opening up and extinguishing the fire. One civilian who was evacuated from the hotel was transported to an area hospital with breathing issues.

1226 Barnaby Terrace S.E.

February 25, 2015: Story & Photos By Elliot J Goodman

Wednesday afternoon, February 25th, DC Firefighters were dispatched for a house fire at 1226 Barnaby Terrace S.E., with multiple calls coming in reporting the fire.

Engine 25 first due reported smoke showing and a working fire. They advanced lines to the basement and truck companies opened the roof and ventilated.

Another superb job by DC Firefighters, they had the fire under control in approximately 15 minutes.

3109 M Street N.W.

February 25, 2015: Story & Photos By Vito Maggiolo

Georgetown was the scene of a very stubborn fire that damaged a large commercial building on Wednesday morning, February 25th.

The blaze was reported around 9:30 AM at 3109 M Street NW, an aging four story structure housing shops on the ground floor. Box alarm companies encountered heavy smoke conditions in the fire building and an adjacent exposure, making it difficult to determine the seat of the fire.

Flames were eventually discovered eating their way up the walls in the basement and street level. Numerous renovations to the 100 year old structure made it hard to expose the hidden fire.

A box and working fire dispatch was reinforced by special calls for several additional truck and engine companies. It took approximately an hour to bring the blaze under control.

400 Block H Street N.W.

February 23, 2015: Story & Photos By Elliot J Goodman

Units were dispatched late Monday afternoon for a motor vehicle accident with a rollover in the 400 block of H Street N.W.

It seems the driver of the vehicle traveling west on H Street at a high rate of speed lost control, hit a wall, and rolled over several times on the sidewalk where sadly the vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian.

The driver was transported in critical condition to a local hospital, along with 1 other pedestrian.

730 24th Street N.W.

February 22, 2015: Story & Photos By Elliot J Goodman

Sunday afternoon it seemed communications would never end the box after box responses due to a large number of explosions, power related , smoke in buildings and a few working fires.

Around 4 PM it started and got really busy, really fast , so busy that the Deputy Fire Chief of Operations was running in place of Battalion Chiefs.

It started with a working fire at 28th and Cathedral N.W., a three story house involved. Then around 6 PM five box alarms were dispatched in a very short period, one being smoke in the Foggy Bottom Metro tunnel.

While units were there only two blocks away a box was dispatched for a high rise fire at 730 24th Street N.W. which brought far away companies such as Truck 11 usually around 10th due , Battalion 2, Trucks 5 and 6 and Squad 2. Luckily Engine 1 was available and got in quickly to find an apartment well off on the 6th floor.

Specials were called for Squad 1 and Truck 6 a superior job by all kept the fire from spreading and was under control in about 30 minutes. Truck 11 from far away got a perfect rear position and got their ladder right to the fire floor.

824 Buchanan Street N.E.

February 22, 2015: Story By: Vito Maggiolo

One person was removed from a burning home in Northeast DC on Sunday morning, February 22.

The fire was reported around 6:45 AM in a two story dwelling at 824 Buchanan Street NE., when firefighters arrived, they were told that an occupant was still inside.

A working fire dispatch was sounded as the resident was located and removed and an attack was made on the first floor blaze.

It was quickly extinguished, and the victim was evaluated on the scene.

Street Car Fire On H Street N.E.

February 21, 2015: Story By: Vito Maggiolo

A DC street car running simulated service on H Street Northeast suffered a flash fire Saturday night, February 21st.

The small blaze erupted on the roof of the car around 11:45 PM.
It was out by the time firefighters arrived, and they found no further extension.

The only occupant, the driver, was uninjured.

Woodley Park Metro

February 21, 2015: Story By: Vito Maggiolo

Metro continues to be a focus of DC fire with two incidents on Saturday, February 21st.

The first event involved a report of an explosion at the Woodley Park station at 2700 Connecticut Avenue NW. Units on the metro station box alarm encountered moderate smoke conditions on the track level, which was traced to a brake issue on a train.The occupants were evacuated and the train eventually removed to a rail yard.

Later that day, smoke was reported in the tunnel near the Foggy Bottom stop. Firefighters determined the smoke was coming from a small fire on the Virginia side of the tunnel, and the incident was handled by units from the Arlington Virginia fire department.

200 Rock Creek Church Road N.W.

February 19, 2015: Courtesy DC Fire & EMS

Units responded to an overnight vehicle crash on Thursday, February 19, 2015, involving an overturned vehicle in the 200 block of Rock Creek Church Rd. NW.

Members of Rescue Squad 1 extricated one patient from the vehicle and transported the patient to an area hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

17th & L Streets N.W.

February 18, 2015: Story By: Vito Maggiolo

The report of a possible explosion in the metro system brought a large assignment of firefighters to a downtown intersection on Wednesday morning, February 18.

The incident took place around 7:30 AM at 17th and L Streets NW. When units arrived, they encountered an underground transformer located above metro, and contained the incident until Pepco could arrive.

2800 Quebec Street N.W.

February 17, 2015: Story By: Vito Maggiolo

DC firefighters battled a blaze in the Cleveland Park neighborhood on Tuesday night, February 17th, rescuing one occupant from a burning apartment.

The fire broke out around 10:30 PM in a 13 story occupied building at 2800 Quebec Street NW. Flames involving a kitchen in a third floor unit, and a working fire dispatch was sounded to assist.

The victim found inside was taken to an area hospital, and several other residents were evaluated on the scene by EMS.

1921 Lawrence Street N.E.

February 15, 2015: Story By Vito Maggiolo

Photos Courtesy DC Fire & EMS

DC firefighters were fortunate in only having to battle one fire in the intense cold and high winds overnight of Valentines day into Sunday morning, February 15th.

The blaze involved a 20X20 wood frame garage at 1921 Lawrence Street NE. The flames were confined to the one structure, which was destroyed.

A working fire dispatch was sounded but quickly placed in service.

910 46th Street N.E.

February 15, 2015: Story By: Vito Maggiolo

Units in the 2nd Battalion dealt with a house fire Sunday evening, February 15th.

The blaze involved a second floor bedroom at 910 46th Street NE, a two story row home.

It was controlled by a box and working fire dispatch assignment. No injuries were reported.

High Winds Cause Destruction Overnight

February 14, 2015: Story By Vito Maggiolo

Photos By Elliot J Goodman

Howling winds gusting as high as 60 miles an hour led to at least three collapses in DC on Saturday, February 14th.

The first incident took place at a multi story building under construction at 8th and V Streets NW. Exterior scaffolding came crashing down from several stories. A cave-in assignment secured the scene and conducted a search for any potential victims. Fortunately none were found.

The second event was at 3018 12th Street NE, where the side of a three story frame house was partially blown down, landing on a parked car. Once again a cave-in assignment responded, searching for victims, securing utilities, and conducting a structural integrity assessment. As in the first incident, searches were negative and there were no injuries.

A third collapse tool place in the early morning hours of Sunday. A vacant building in the 1900 block of King Avenue SE, scene of previous fires, met its final destruction from the winds. Once again, there were no injuries or further threat to other structures.

1316 Bryant Street N.E.

February 14, 2015: Story By Vito Maggiolo

Photos Courtesy DC Fire & EMS

DC firefighters faced bone numbing frigid temperatures and heavy smoke conditions battling an overnight fire in Northeast on Valentines day.

The blaze took place at around 3:30 AM in a two story occupied apartment building at 1316 Bryant Street NE.

Flames were encountered spreading through the walls and a working fire dispatch was sounded.

It took a little less than an hour to bring the fire under control. No injuries were reported, several residents were displaced.

4303 Connecticut Avenue N.W.

February 13, 2015: Story By: Vito Maggiolo

Two people had to be extricated from their vehicle after it slammed through the wall of a Northwest supermarket.

The wreck took place in the underground garage of the Giant store at 4303 Connecticut Avenue NW on Friday, February 13th.

A cave-in assignment responded to the scene, removed the two victims, and checked for any structural problems.

Both occupants were transported to area hospitals.

735 Irving Street N.W.

February 10, 2015: Story By: Vito Maggiolo

Photos Courtesy DC Fire & EMS

Fourth Battalion units made quick work of a dwelling fire in the Pleasant Plains neighborhood on Tuesday morning, February 10th.

The fire erupted around 10:15 AM in a row house at 735 Irving Street NW. A box and working fire dispatch confined the flames to a first floor bedroom with minor extension.

There were no reported injuries.

24th & S St's S.E.

February 9, 2015: Story By Vito Maggiolo

Engine 15 was dispatched for a report of a car fire at 24th and S Streets Southeast.

While still responding, communications filled the box upon receiving further calls indicating a structure fire.

Engine 15 arrived to find two vehicles well involved in the rear of the home.

Quick work knocked down the blaze before it could spread to the home.

Rehabbing The John H Glenn

February 7, 2015: Story By: Vito Maggiolo

Work continues on rehab and renovations to Fireboat 1, the John Glenn.

The Glenn is over 50 years old. It was launched in 1962 and served the New York City Fire Department until the city downsized their fireboat fleet in the 70's. DC purchased the vessel from New York in 1977.

It suffered serious damage in 2009 after being struck by the excursion boat Spirit of Washington while docked at the fire and police pier.

It is hoped that the Glenn will be back in service in about two more weeks, predicated on the weather.

Penn Branch Shopping Center

February 7, 2015: Story & Photos By Elliot J Goodman

Late Saturday afternoon, February 7th, Engine 19 was dispatched on a medical local at the Penn Branch shopping center.

Upon arrival they encountered extremely high CO readings, and asked for the Hazmat response.

The Battalion Chief on the scene realizing the severity of the leak and the amount of people involved requested the Hazmat Box Alarm and Truck 8 on a special.

Over all 43 people were exposed and evaluated. Units were on the scene about 2 hours .

1386 Nicholson Street N.W.

February 7, 2015: Story By: Vito Maggiolo

One civilian was removed by firefighters from a burning home in Northwest DC during the early morning hours of Saturday, February 7th.

The blaze erupted around 3:15 AM in a two story dwelling at 1386 Nicholson Street NW. Fire was showing from side D upon arrival.

It took a box and working fire dispatch about 20 minutes to control the flames.

One firefighter was evaluated at the scene for minor injuries.

800 Block H Street N.E.

February 6, 2015: Story By: Vito Maggiolo

One person was transported to the hospital after a car struck a store in the busy NE H Street corridor on Friday afternoon, February 6th.

The accident took place in the 800 block of H Street NE. Firefighters determined there was no structural damage to the occupancy that was hit.

The victim suffered serious injuries.

Congratulations Class 370

February 6, 2015: Story By: Vito Maggiolo

Photo Courtesy DC Fire & EMS

The weather did nothing to dampen the enthusiastic mood at the training academy as new DC firefighter paramedics graduated and the ribbon was cut on upgraded facilities there.

The joint events took place on Friday, February 6th, when members of recruit class 370 proudly received their certificates of graduation from Mayor Muriel Bowser and Fire Chief Eugene Jones.

At the same time, a dedication ceremony was held to open the new training tower and EVOC course, both highly improved versions of their former selves.

Dupont Metro

February 6, 2015: Story By: Vito Maggiolo

Burning brakes on a Red Line metro train brought firefighters to two stations on Friday, February 6th.

It was around 1 PM when metro station box alarms were sounded for both the Dupont Circle and Cleveland Park stations for reports of smoke.Dupont Circle quickly became the focus of activity, as units found smoke conditions significant enough to evacuate waiting riders.

The cause of the smoke was an apparent brake fire on a rail car. The train in question had been placed out of service and was no longer in the station when firefighters arrived.

Box alarm unit remained on scene until smoke conditions cleared and the scene was deemed safe.

2200 Block Wisconsin Avenue N.W.

February 5, 2015: Story By: Vito Maggiolo

The heart of the Glover Park neighborhood was shut down by a gas leak Thursday morning, February 5th.

Two ruptures in a 2 inch gas line in the 2200 block of Wisconsin Avenue shut down the road in both directions south of Calvert Street.

In addition, there were some evacuations of the busy commercial strip until the gas could be controlled.

Firefighters stood by with protective lines and assisted with evacuations.

1200 Aspen Street N.W.

February 4, 2015: Story & Photos By Elliot J Goodman

Late Tuesday evening firefighters and rescue personnel were dispatched for the report of an motor vehicle accident with persons trapped in the 1200 block of Aspen Street N.W.

Upon arrival Engine 22 reported they did have an MVA with 1 trapped, Rescue Squad 2 then arrived on the scene and put their tools to work.

The occupant was extricated in about 20 minutes and transported. Another super job by Squad 2, Engine 22, Truck 11and Medic 21.


I-295 & Laboratory Road S.W.

February 3, 2015: Story By: Vito Maggiolo

A driver suffered serious injuries after being partially pinned beneath his overturned truck on Tuesday, February 3rd.

The accident took place shortly after 1 PM on I-295 southbound near Laboratory Road SW.

The driver was partially ejected and the cab came down on top of the victim.

Rescue Squad 3 extricated the patient, who was flown by the US Park Police Eagle helicopter to a trauma center.



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