As first responders attempted to battle the flame, they evacuated one victim from the apartment, an elderly person who was injured in the blaze. These injuries were considered serious, but not fatal.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated from an earlier version which stated that both firefighters were on probation.

DC Fire and EMS officials said a fire in a 6th-floor apartment resulted in the hospitalization of an adult male.

The fire occurred in the 1000 block of North Capitol Street in Northeast, DC



Fire officials said they responded to the blaze at a 12-story building in the area. They have since extinguished the fire.

As first responders attempted to battle the flame, they evacuated one victim from the apartment, an elderly person who was injured in the blaze. These injuries were considered serious but not fatal.

A spokesperson for the Fire and Emergency Department did not say what he believed to have caused the fire, but confirmed the flames were confined to the apartment.

Two firefighters, Darrell Johnson and Vincent Cook, said they arrived at the apartment and noticed the elderly person was injured. Johnson is a trainee firefighter.

“When we located the fire, we noticed there was a victim to our left,” Cook said. “My hook, probationer Johnson, is actually the one who reported it.”

Johnson added that the two firefighters maintained their training, willingly assisting the injured person and putting out the ongoing fire.

This is only Johnson’s fourth shift since graduating from their training program.

Juan Herrera of WTOP contributed to this report.

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