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Rescues at D.C. High-Rise Apartment Fire

People trapped in eight-story
apartment building

(DC Fire and EMS, Twitter)

Jonathan Franklin, WUSA9, with permission

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) – Several people were trapped in an 8-story apartment tower that caught fire Sunday afternoon in Southwest D.C., Fire and EMS officials said.

According to officials, the fire started around 2:15 p.m. Sunday in the 300 block of M Street SW, near the Waterfront Metro station.

Firefighters on the scene said that people were trapped in the tower as they battled the two-alarm blaze.

EMS is on the scene evaluating several occupants. Officials said there are no significant injuries reported.

Fire officials said they are continuing to remove smoke as well as sheltering people in place.

Officials emphasized to avoid the area near M St, Southwest and the Waterfront Metro station if possible to allow crews to work safely as possible.

Earlier today, Fairfax County Fire battled an early morning fatal fire that left one person dead.

Fire officials said they were dispatched to 2900 block of Kings Chapel Road in Merrifield shortly before 6 a.m. Sunday morning.

Upon arrival, Fire and Rescue officials quickly put out the fire, but when they arrived inside, officials said they found one person dead.

Fairfax County and Rescue Battalion Chief Brian Edmonston, who was the incident commander for this fire, said the official cause of the fire is still under investigation as they are currently still on the scene.

The victim’s identity has not yet been released