Fire tore through a large house under restoration in Northwest Washington, D.C., early Wednesday, leaving two next-door houses harmed and three neighbors displaced.
One firemen suffered a small medical condition, however no other injuries were reported from the two-alarm blaze. No one was inside the mansion, which largely collpased, DC Fire and EMS stated
Firemens got the call about 12:41 a.m. and showed up to find the large house on 31st Street NW in the Woodley Park location engulfed in flames. Firemens said the fire was under control within a few hours, but flickers of flames could still be seen.
“When we got here, this house was completely involved in fire. Flames leaping into the air, convected heat threatening the nearby homes,”one firefighter told News4. Since the home was on a cul-de-sac and had a high hill behind it, battling the blaze was difficult, DC Fire and EMS said.
Firefighters attacked flames from the outdoors, using a defensive approach instead of entering into the inferno. An overall of 75 firemens and 20 tools were involved, DC Fire and EMS stated.
“We will sacrifice a lot if we know people are within,” DC Fire representative Vito Maggiolo stated. “But we've got a building that's under restoration, nobody's inside, it's fully engulfed in fire, it's preparing yourself to collapse. There's no need to go within.”
The big house was ruined in the blaze, firefighters said. A home left wing had moderate damage and the house on the left had minor damage.
Plumes of smoke showed up from neighboring areas.
Investigators are on scene to investigate the reason for the fire, however severe damage to the home delayed their work, DC Fire and EMS said.
Since the home is on a cul-de-sac, the traffic effect was minimal.
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