Fire Monday Afternoon in Southwest High-Rise

DC FEMS Confine Blaze to Apartment of Origin but More than 50 Displaced

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One person was rescued by ladder from a fire in the Capitol Park Towers (301 G St. SW). Photo: Twitter/@dcfireems

More than 50 residents were displaced after a fire at the Capitol Park Towers (301 G St. SW) Monday afternoon. DC Fire personnel rescued one person was  by ladder, but no injuries were reported.

The fire began in the East end of the complex.  DC Fire Emergency Medical Services (DC FEMS) managed to confine it to the apartment where it started. The fire was upgraded to two alarms to rotate personnel working at the scene.

However,  extensive water damage forced residents from 54 of the 289 units to find somewhere else to stay. District Human Services and the Red Cross helped to coordinate housing, food, and essentials for those who were displaced. It was not clear when those resident would be able to return to their homes

Locals reported that some residents were allowed to re-enter the building at around 11 p.m. to get items from their homes. Unaffected residents  returned to their units very late Monday night.