WASHINGTON (AP/WJLA) - This is video that was taken just after the Woodley Park fire began. Tanya Fesenko managed to escape from the burning building, then remembered to grab her cell phone camera.
"I saw a terrible fire coming out of a window from the fifth floor...it took the entire window, it looked really terrible and sad," she said.
Pamela Barthel’s son was home sick, and they were sleeping when the fire alarm sounded.
"I'm like, 'Oh my God, what is happening.' I was so afraid," she said.
As the realization set in, neighbors in this nine-story apartment complex began making their way to safety.
"I went through the lobby -- everybody was rushing and they're like, yeah this is real, and as I got out, there was glass falling," described resident Delmar Tarrago. "When I got out of the building, there were big flames maybe two stories high."
Fire crews responded quickly and called for backup, as flames quickly spread from the fifth floor to the sixth.
"Due to the time of night, this is a big building, it is occupied, we know we had a resident inside when the fire happened...They tried to get as many pieces of equipment here as possible," said Sgt. John McDonald with the MPD.
According to the AP, fire department spokesman Timothy Wilson has confirmed that a firefighter was injured in the fire, along with a resident of the building who was sent to a hospital. The injuries are reportedly not believed to be life-threatening.
Now, investigators are trying to figure out what caused the blaze.