Washington DC Fire & EMS units responded to an apartment fire on Friday morning, Dec. 4. First arriving units reported heavy smoke and fire coming from the interior courtyard of the large apartment complex that takes up an entire city block at 12th & U Sts NW. A second alarm was quickly sounded.
The fire extended through all four floors of the complex via the balconies in the courtyard and into the cockloft. Truck companies worked hard to prevent the fire from extending further through the cockloft. Sprinklers in the building activated also helping to prevent additional extension.
Special calls were requested along with mutual aid from Montgomery County Fire & Rescue for an additional truck company to assist with opening up and overhaul. Hundreds of residents of the complex were displaced as a result of the fire. The Friendship Fire Association provided both rehab and canteen support on the scene.