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2 firefighters taken to hospital after massive high-rise fire breaks out in Southwest DC

WJLA – Washington D.C. logo WJLA – Washington D.C. 9/17/2021 Ida Domingo, 7News Staff

WASHINGTON D.C. (7News) — Two D.C. firefighters were taken to the hospital after a massive fire broke out at a high-rise building under construction in Southwest.

At least 20 units and 100 D.C. Fire & EMS crews responded to the fire that broke out on the roof Thursday morning. 

According to the D.C fire chief, the two-alarm fire was at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) building under construction in 7th & D Street SW. Crews knocked out the large volume of fire down around 11:15 a.m. and are checking for hotspots.

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Caption: The fire at a high-rise building under construction on 7th & D Street SW Thursday morning, Sept. 16, 2021, can be seen from other roof-tops in the area. (Credit: Jessica Weiner/@JB_Weiner via Twitter)

They say the fire was confined to the roof and roofing materials. 

Caption: A high-rise building under construction on 7th & D Street SW caught on fire Thursday morning, Sept. 16, 2021(Credit: Youssef Najjar/@UssefNajjar via Twitter)

WMATA released the following statement on Twitter regarding the fire: 

"Metro appreciates the quick work of @dcfireems to extinguish an earlier fire on the roof of 300 7th St. SW, the future location of our new DC Headquarters building. Preliminarily, it appears the fire was accidental and confined to roofing materials. (1/2) There were no injuries, and we do not anticipate any significant impacts to our plan to transition workers into the building next year. #wmata (2/2)"


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