The Washington Post

2 children seriously injured in fire

- — Emily Davies

A 6-year-old child was critically injured and a 9-yearold was seriously injured in a Thursday afternoon apartment fire in Southeast Washington, according to a fire department spokespers­on.

The fire broke out on the first floor of a three-story apartment building in the 3300 block of Sixth Street SE.

D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the site about 12:45 p.m. and saw “numerous people in distress on balconies” and one person outside who required EMS assistance, said Vito Maggiolo, a spokesman for the fire department.

The fire was contained to the first-floor unit with heavy smoke on the floors above, he said.

A firefighte­r found the critically injured child inside the burning apartment unit, according to Maggiolo. The 9year-old was found outside but came from the same unit, according to the fire department. They were both taken to hospitals Thursday afternoon.

The fire department initially said a third child had been transporte­d to the hospital for medical evaluation but later said that child was not connected to the fire.

Several other people were treated and released at the scene.

Maggiolo said investigat­ors were working Thursday to determine the cause of the fire.

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