- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 25, 2012

A Wednesday night fire in a District Heights apartment building displaced about 30 residents and caused $500,000 of damage, officials said.

A police officer, who saw the column of smoke and reported the fire, knocked on doors to evacuate the residents.

No injures were reported.

It took 75 firefighters an hour to extinguish the flames at 1971 Rochelle Ave.

A shelter for displaced residents has been opened at Central High School.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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