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2 hurt in fire at DC home for those in addiction recovery

December 24, 2019 GMT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two people have been hurt in a fire at a Washington, D.C., home for people recovering from drug and alcohol abuse.

D.C. Fire and first responders arrived at the scene early Monday and found three people were trapped inside, news outlets report. Once rescued, two of those people were taken to a hospital to be treated for injuries not considered to be life threatening. The third person declined medical treatment.

“Lives were definitely at risk. You had an advanced fire in the cellar, threatening to spread rapidly and threatening to fill the house with toxic smoke,” fire department spokesman Vito Maggiolo said.

He said most residents were alerted to the blaze by working fire alarms and were able to escape on their own. The fire’s cause still is under investigation.

The D.C. mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services and Red Cross are helping displaced residents, of which there are about 16. The home is part of the Oxford House network, which seeks to help residents with sobriety.