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Glover Park apartment building evacuated due to fire

No one was injured by the boiler fire in a building on Tunlaw Road in Northwest D.C. Firefighters are investigating the cause.

A boiler fire this morning forced the evacuation of an apartment building in Glover Park. No one was injured in the incident. 

Residents in the six-story building had to evacuate due to a third floor fire. (Danny Nguyen/ҹֱ)

Fire department personnel received a call at 9:55 a.m. about a fire on the 3900 block of Tunlaw Road NW. The fire occurred on the third floor of a sixth story apartment building, according to D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services. 

Firefighter investigators are trying to determine the cause of the fire, though they know it was started by a boiler, said Vito Maggiolo, the public information officer for D.C. Fire. 

The fire was “relatively small and confined to a boiler,” Maggiolo said, though it “created a considerable amount of smoke that escaped to several floors.”

Fire department personnel evacuated one individual who they say attempted to fight the fire with a portable extinguisher, Maggiolo said. That individual declined medical treatment.

Marcia Goulding, who lives on the fifth floor sat on a nearby bench and watched silently as firefighters put out the fire. “I just woke up an hour ago. I have barely gotten settled for the day,” she said. “I’m not sure what caused the fire,” she continued as firefighters worked to clear smoke from the floors. “I know for sure that this doesn’t happen every day, though.” 

As bad as a fire is, Goulding said she isn’t shaken, as she wasn’t displaced or significantly harmed. 

Police said no one has been displaced because of the boiler fire, including the person who tried putting it out. 

“For me, it’s just some smoke,” Goulding said. “Nothing I can’t handle.”

 

Danny Nguyen

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