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2301 11th Street N.W.

April 12, 2014: Story By Vito Maggiolo

One civilian and two firefighters had to be taken to the hospital following a blaze in the Pleasant Plains neighborhood on Saturday afternoon, April 12th.

The fire broke out around 2:40 PM in an occupied eight story apartment building at 2301 11th Street NW. Smoke billowing from the top floor signaled that a working incident was in progress.

The working fire dispatch was sounded as firefighters made their way to the top floor and attacked the flames. The search team sheltered residents in place until the blaze was contained.

Two firefighters suffered minor injuries and a civilian was transported with trouble breathing.

1934 Bennett Place N.E.
1612 E Street N.E.

April 10, 2014: Story By Vito Maggiolo

It was double trouble for firefighters in northeast DC as two working fires broke out a short time and short distance apart Thursday afternoon, April 10th.

The first blaze broke out just before 3 PM at 1934 Bennett Place NE. Units arrived to find flames involving two rooms on the second floor, and a working fire dispatch was requested.

That incident was under control for only a short time when firefighters overhauling there saw smoke in the sky nearby. It was coming from a blaze barreling through the first floor of a two story semi-detached house at 1612 E Street NE, with residents trapped above.

Once again, a working fire dispatch was sounded, and ladders were used to rescue the occupants from the rear of the house. Both fires were contained without injuries.

1300 H Street N.W.

April 7, 2014: Story By Vito Maggiolo

DC firefighters responding to the report of a car vs. building found a taxi embedded in the lobby of a downtown hi-rise on Monday, April 7th.

The accident took place around 10:45 AM at 1300 H Street NW. The impact was severe enough to cause injury to a building employee working inside.

The Special Operations Battalion took command of the incident as the injured were treated and transported and the cave-in task force checked for structural damage and stability issues.

1750 W Street S.E.

April 3, 2014: Story By Vito Maggiolo

DC firefighters were met with a wall of flames when they arrived at a house fire in the heart of the Anacostia neighborhood on Thursday morning, April 3rd.

The blaze, reported around 10:50 AM, engulfed a two and a half story frame duplex at 1750 W Street SE. Heavy fire conditions were first encountered throughout the basement and first floor, than quickly spread upstairs into the second floor and attic.

Flames also spread into the other half of the duplex, and after an interior battle that lasted about 20 minutes with little progress, crews were pulled from the structure and a second alarm was requested.

Ladder and wagon pipes, as well as exterior hand lines, than went to work, pounding the fire from outside. It took a considerable amount of time to extinguish numerous heavy pocket of fire in both homes.

Two firefighters were transported to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

King Avenue S.E.

April 1, 2014: Story By Vito Maggiolo

April fools day was no joke for the driver who crashed his vehicle that night on King Avenue SE.

The 3rd Battalion Chief was responding to another incident when he came across this wreck. The vehicle in question hit a tree, took down 2 signs and a bike rack, than struck a second tree before slamming into an unmarked police cruiser and catching fire.

A rescue assignment and several EMS units were required to assist at the scene.

430 Taylor Street N.E.

March 31, 2014: Story By Vito Maggiolo

A Northeast Washington apartment building was struck by fire on Monday morning, March 31st.

The blaze was reported shortly after 9:40 AM in the three story occupied building at 430 Taylor Street NE.

Arriving units encountered smoke conditions on the top floor and began a search for the fire. It was eventually discovered in a second floor apartment.

A working fire dispatch assisted box alarm units in bringing the incident under control in about 15 minutes.

1111 Columbia Road N.W.

March 29, 2014: By Vito Maggiolo

Flames billowing from 3rd floor windows greeted firefighters responding to a blaze in Columbia Heights on Saturday afternoon, March 29th.

The fire erupted around 4:15 PM in an occupied four story apartment building at 1111 Columbia Road NW. A working fire dispatch was sounded as the building was laddered and interior hand lines moved in on the flames, confining them to the apartment of origin.

All searches were negative, and there were no injuries.



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