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Mayday called after collapse at D.C. restaurant fire

Two firefighters were injured during a fire at a Georgetown restaurant


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By Bill Carey

WASHINGTON — Two Washington, D.C., firefighters were injured in a collapse while fighting a fire at a restaurant on June 29.

DC Fire and EMS firefighters responded to a fire at the Ristorante Piccolo in Georgetown and found fire coming from a storage room in the rear, WUSA9 reported.

During the fire attack, a ceiling collapsed and a mayday was transmitted for two injured firefighters. 

“This looks like a very close call to me,” Fire Chief John Donnelly told WJLA. “I’ve seen this section of the roof that collapsed. They were right there. I am sure it was very scary for them. It was very scary for the people on the fireground.”

The two firefighters were transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, treated and then released.

Firefighters switched to defensive, exterior operations until the fire was extinguished.