Several Rescued From Arlington Apartment Fire

Medical oxygen helped fire spread

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    News4's Derrick Ward reports on an apartment fire in Arlington that forced residents out of their homes Sunday morning. (Published Sunday, Jan 5, 2014)

    Fire officials say a man was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries after a three-alarm fire at an Arlington County apartment complex.

    Firefighters from Arlington, Fairfax and Alexandria rescued that man from a smoke-filled hallway Sunday morning. He was taken to Medstar Washington Hospital Center in critical condition.

    Three residents reportedly jumped to safety from the second floor of the Harvey Hall apartment complex on South Greenbrier Street. Firefighters used ladders to remove 20 trapped residents from the building.

    Arlington County fire officials said several people were treated for injuries. Three people were taken to the hospital for issues related to pre-existing medical conditions.

    Officials say the blaze started in a second-floor apartment and the second and third floors were heavily damaged by the fire. The cause is under investigation, but officials said oxygen used for medical purposes contributed to the rapid spread of the fire.

    Damage is estimated at $50,000.