- The Washington Times - Monday, March 4, 2002

D.C. firefighters rescued a 30-year-old man and four children from a Southeast duplex yesterday morning after a blaze left the family trapped on the first floor.
The fire occurred about 7 a.m. Firefighters carried out two children and led a man carrying two other children to safety from the home at 3655 Horner Place.
The man, who was not identified, was transported to Washington Hospital Center with minor injuries, and the children, ages 3 to 9, were taken to Children's Hospital. All were treated for smoke inhalation and all except one girl, 7, were released.
Fire officials said a space heater was placed too close to a living room love seat, which caught fire and caused significant damage to the duplex.
Firefighters also were called to a dance about 4:30 a.m. yesterday at 1350 Okie St. NE, where an unidentified 30-year-old man was killed while attempting to move a portable floodlight in a parking lot near a nightclub.
Fire officials said the man came into contact with tension cables and was electrocuted. The incident is under investigation by fire officials and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
On Saturday, an unidentified woman tried to put out an electrical fire in her second-floor apartment shortly before 7 p.m. at 1616 Isherwood St. NE. The 54-year-old woman suffered smoke inhalation and burns to her hands, face and hair.
The woman told firefighters she was listening to her stereo when she noticed smoke coming from the unit. As she looked closer, the fire flared up, said D.C. Fire Department spokesman Alan Etter.
The fire is believed to be electrical, but it is under investigation. The fire displaced a dozen persons, including a family of five. Emergency services has found shelter for them.
Fire investigators also ruled a fire that started in Potomac Gardens at 700 12th St. NE at 6 p.m. Saturday as arson.
"Someone got to the top of a stairwell, threw flammable liquid such as lighter fluid on a row of Plexiglas windows and lit a match," said Mr. Etter. "They set the fire just to watch it burn because they were bored."
He called the incident "horribly dangerous" because of the high number of elderly residents in the complex, many of whom have difficulty walking.
"We have a little firebug out there," he said. "This is a recipe for disaster."
D.C. firefighters were busy since Thursday, when three serious fires broke out in the District.
A fire erupted in an Afghan restaurant at 3306 M St. in Georgetown about 7 a.m. when two refrigerators short-circuited. The busy thoroughfare was closed temporarily.
An abandoned town house in the 900 block of N Street NE errupted in flames and almost 50 firefighters were called to the scene to contain the blaze around 8:30 a.m.
A fire that began in the basement did extensive damage to the Evangel Missionary Baptist Church at Rhode Island Avenue and Jackson Street NE. Mr. Etter said the cause of the fire was unknown.
No injuries were reported.
"These things come in cycles," Mr. Etter said.

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