Just a mile from the US capital, a terrifying fast-moving four alarm fire at a senior living apartment complex. Firefighters battling flames on the upper two floors of a five-story building and rescuing hundreds of residents. It started just after 3:30 and spread fast.
Somebody knocked on the door. Get out! Get out! Fire! Fire! Fire! Let's go! Get out now! Get out now! But no sprinklers went off. No. Nothing went off. As flames broke through the roof, fast-acting Marines from the nearby navy yard rushed through the gates with wheelchairs to help with rescues. You heard people banging on door say, "It's a fire! Get out! It's a fire!" Tonight DC fire rescue says every resident was evacuated safely.
The temperature had reached 400C, investigators said, which made the hotel's sprinkler system and the fire service useless.