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More Than 200 Displaced After Washington DC Apartment Fire

More Than 200 Displaced After Washington DC Apartment Fire

Note: There are a number of Oromo and other Ethiopians live around Peabody Street in aging apartment buildings. The area around (Peabody, Missouri, and 14th Streets) is, also, known as “Rift Valley” among Oromo. Through time majority of Oromo moved out, most of them to Maryland. The Washington DC metro area hosts over 25 thousand Oromo. A large number of them came to America during the Haile Selassie and Derg regimes.

WASHINGTON, DC (Path)— A massive 3-alarm fire broke out in a Northwest DC apartment building Saturday morning, displacing more than 200 residents, injuring six residents and five firefighters.

The blaze ripped through the four-story apartment building in the 1300 block of Peabody St. around 3 a.m. Saturday, DC Fire and EMS authorities said.

Residents were forced to escape out windows and down ladders while flames shot through the roof. Authorities said four people were treated at the scene and one person was taken to a local hospital.

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