Elderly man found ALIVE in apartment five days after fire ravaged building

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said that the 74-year-old man was found when crews hired by the building's owners were on a round to evaluate the safety of the structure.


                            Elderly man found ALIVE in apartment five days after fire ravaged building

An elderly man was reportedly found alive in an apartment building nearly five days after it was gutted by fire in Washington, D.C., according to officials.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, during a press conference on Monday, said that the 74-year-old man was found when crews hired by the building's owners were on a round to evaluate the safety of the structure so that fire marshals could enter the establishment. Bowser added that the senior citizens were rushed to local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to ABC News.

The mayor added that she believes that the unidentified man had been in his second-floor apartment ever since the fire, which occurred on last Wednesday. 



 

"I can’t really tell you about his condition at this point except that he has non-life threatening injuries," Bowser said. "It appears that based on the report that I got from the building workers that he was sitting in his apartment. The workers helped him into a chair and out of the building and he is now being treated."

The four-story Arthur Capper Senior Public Housing building caught fire on September 19, and dozens of senior citizens were saved from the building. A video of the incident was also posted on social media, which showed flames coming out of the top of the structure.

The mayor said that there were a total of 161 occupies units in the building and an officer was attempting to contact each household with a case manager to ensure the safety of all members of the building.

 



 

The fire chief, at the time of the fire, had said that at least four people had been transported to nearby hospitals with injuries. The chief later released a statement saying that the alarm system at the building did not function.

Several US Marines and firefighters were seen running towards the blaze in a video posted online, and several residents of the building were taken to the Marine Barracks Washington Annex nearby.

 



 

Browser said that the blaze is currently under investigation: "Clearly this has prompted all district government agencies to re-verify with the building owner and building management all contacts with tenants and make sure that those contacts match the efforts that we have undertaken this weekend to make sure every resident - whether they were placed in a hotel last Thursday and Friday or whether they’re with family and friends - that they have contact and that they have available resources."