- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 19, 2007


Man critically hurt in apartment fire

A man was in critical condition yesterday after suffering third-degree burns over 75 percent of his body during an apartment fire in Northwest, fire officials said.

Firefighters responded at 11:41 a.m. to 801 Rhode Island Ave. NW for the report of a fire with people trapped, said fire department spokesman Alan Etter.

When firefighters arrived, they found heavy fire and smoke showing from the top floor of the eight-story building, Mr. Etter said.

He said they also saw an adult male hanging from a window. Firefighters extended a ladder to the eighth floor, secured the man and began treating him as he was lowered to the street.

The 38-year-old man, who was not identified, also suffered severe smoke inhalation and tracheal burns, Mr. Etter said. One firefighter was transported to a local hospital after overexerting himself on the scene. He was treated and released.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.



Deadly fire consumes waterfront home

Two persons were killed and a third person was missing and presumed dead after fire destroyed a large waterfront home early yesterday morning, fire marshals said. The victims ranged in age from 15 to 21.

Four other young persons escaped after the fire broke out around 2 a.m., Deputy State Fire Marshal Joseph G. Zurolo Jr. said.

The home’s owners, Matthew and Margaret Fitzgerald, were not home when the fire started. They have since been accounted for, officials said.

“No parents were home at the time of the fire,” Mr. Zurolo said.

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