Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Big fire at apartment building on 16th Street this morning

Sad story this morning: at about 3:45 am there was a fire at the Sarbin Towers at  3132 16th Street NW, north of Irving. One man died after he tried to jump from a window, and 11 others are in the hospital. Apparently the fire started in a common area on the 5th floor and about 130 people were evacuated. Officials are saying those in the lowers floors will be allowed to go back today but others will be out longer, as the 5th floor received heavy damage.

Streets were closed around the area, causing traffic and buses to back up during morning rush hour, but they're reopened now, so the evening commute should be better.

Not sure exactly what caused it, but as always, don't forget to check your smoke detectors.

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