More than 100 firefighters were needed to put out a two-alarm fire in a Southeast D.C. apartment building Wednesday morning that injured one first responder.
A plume of smoke could be seen from miles around from the fire, which broke out just after 9:30 a.m. in the two-story, brick apartment building at 564 Lebaum St. SE. The fire quickly reached two alarms while residents and neighbors got out safely.
Resident Wade Plater, who relies on a walker to get around and suffers from multiple sclerosis, says he heard a pop at about the time fire started. His home health aide helped him evacuate the building.
"He told me he saw smoke, and it was a whole bunch of black smoke," Plater said. "Everything in my apartment is probably gone from my clothes to my shoes."
Plater and his neighbors all got out safely, but the flames consumed everything they left behind. Meanwhile, sources tell ABC 7 News that the injured firefighter suffered a knee injury.
Authorities suspect the fire broke out in a small attic on the top floor.
Another resident, Joanne Puller, is thankful she made it out.
"I'm just glad I got out alive," she said. "(Personal belongings) are not important...I am okay."