K Street apartment fire injures, displaces many

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Several people were rescued and four had to be taken to the hospital after a big apartment fire in Northwest D.C.

DC Fire and EMS says the fire started around 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

The fire started in a second story apartment in the Turnkey community of K Street. A third floor apartment also suffered major damage.

As of Thursday night, firefighters said they were still working on determining the cause of the fire.

Turnkey residents say one man fell and injured himself as he tried to climb out of a third story window to escape the flames.

DC Fire said rescuers had to perform CPR on the man and his injuries were potentially life-threatening.

Two women were taken to the hospital after being treated on the scene with oxygen because of smoke inhalation.

One firefighter was injured after he suffered a bad cut to his hand.

A number of other people had to be rescued. Firefighters say two people were rescued by a ladder truck from a window, and another person was rescued when firefighters went in the building and escorted the person down steps and out a side door.

Zachary Henderson says he was one of the two people rescued by the ladder truck from the third floor.

He says he and several others had run into the three-story building to try to make sure everyone got out okay. But when they tried to get back down, they were blocked by the flames.

"It got bad, I could actually feel the flames up under my feet," Henderson told ABC7. "If [rescuers] would have been here two or three minutes later, we definitely would have had to jump."

Several residents of the apartment had to stay elsewhere Thursday night because of the damage to their apartments.

Washington Mayor Vincent Gray came to the scene to offer support and thank firefighters.

The Turnkey community is part of a larger community called Sursum Corda that is owned and run by the DC Housing Authority.

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