Firework Causes Fire at D.C. Seniors Apartment

A Roman candle fired from the street ignited a fire on the 5th-floor balcony of a housing property in Northwest Washington.
(D.C. Fire and EMS Department photo, Twitter)

Fire on the fifth floor of an apartment building in Northwest

7News, with permission

WASHINGTON (7News) — A Roman candle fired from the street ignited a fire on the 5th-floor balcony of a housing property in Northwest Washington, according to D.C. Fire on Wednesday.

Investigators say dozens of senior residents were put at risk in Tuesday’s fire and several people were evaluated by crews at the scene.

The incident occurred on N. Capitol Street and firefighters were able to get the fire under control.

DC Fire says launching fireworks in the city is dangerous and illegal. Any person found engaging in the use or possession of illegal fireworks in D.C. could face fines and penalties up to $1,000 and/or arrest for further prosecution.

Fire officials say if residents see someone using illegal fireworks to call the DC fire marshall at (202) 727-1600 or 911.

Residents who want to file complaints or want to provide tips to the fire department about people using illegal fireworks can email Fireworks.fems@dc.gov.

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