Fire leaves teen in critical condition in southeast DC – NBC4 Washington

A teenager is fighting for his life after being rescued from a burning house in Southeast DC on Sunday

Fire crews were called to the 700 block of Mississippi Avenue SE after a fire broke out at a three-story duplex.

Firefighters managed to put out the blaze, but they say a teenager was rushed to hospital in critical condition.

“My reaction was, whoever’s in there, get him out. Immediately, we have to get him out,” neighbor Barbara Bailey said.

She thought one of her neighbors was having a barbecue like they usually do on Sundays.

“I thought he left the grill on, and I walked around and looked out into the garden, and that’s where I saw all the black smoke,” Bailey said.

She immediately called the fire department and her neighbor.

“I said, ‘Your house is on fire.’ She said, “Tyree is inside. That’s his grandson, 16,” Bailey said.

The fire department said firefighters were able to rescue a teenager from the top floor of the house.

“As they fought the fire, the companies[…]found a minor on the third floor in a bedroom and were able to evacuate him quickly. As soon as he got out, they immediately embarked on rescue initiatives and responded quickly to a hospital,” Battalion Fire Chief James Gordon said.

Bailey recalled how first responders put the victim on a stretcher and performed CPR.

“I said [my neighbor] tonight I’ll be careful and make sure they close her house, and she doesn’t need to come and see what happened,” she added. “She needs to stay in the hospital and take care of her grandson. We will continue to pray for him.

The teenager and the two adults displaced in the fire are being assisted by the Red Cross.

A firefighter was slightly injured.

Investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire.

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