3 DC firefighters injured while battling fire
Chief: Extreme heat dehydrated firefighters very quickly, prompted rapid rehab
WASHINGTON — Three firefighters were injured Tuesday while battling a two-alarm blaze at a three-story building.
Two firefighters were treated for heat-related injuries, and a third was treated for a sprained ankle, reported WJLA.
DC Fire and EMS said there were no other injuries. Around 12 people have been displaced from their homes.
Photos from DC Fire and EMS captured the fire, and smoke could be seen for miles.
We knocked down heavy fire with our tower ladder. Renewing inside attack. Rotating & rehabbing firefighters. pic.twitter.com/vDeGYFOT3W— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) July 26, 2016
“We don’t know the cause, we won’t know the cause until our investigators get in there,” said DC Fire Chief Gregory Dean.
When asked about the sweltering heat, Chief Dean said, “The firefighter are wearing all their gear, they’re getting dehydrated pretty quickly. We’re taking them to the cooling buses; we’re rehab-ing them. We’re bringing in additional operators to maintain control until the fire’s out.”
1300 block 12 St NW is now a 2 alarm fire pic.twitter.com/vV88cJieaD— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) July 26, 2016
We continue to attack the fire and working to prevent spread to adjacent building. No injuries at present pic.twitter.com/wd985UpeCm— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) July 26, 2016