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Three Injured in Arlington House Fire



    An Arlington woman talks about being rescued from a burning home Tuesday morning. The college student was trapped in a basement bedroom by fast-moving flames. Neighbors saw two of her roommates jump from second-floor windows. Northern Virginia Bureau reporter David Culver spoke to the woman rescued from near the home's charred rubble on Dinwiddie Street. (Published Tuesday, April 16, 2013)

    Two college students were injured in a house fire in Arlington late Tuesday morning.

    Rescue personnel believe that two of the students may have jumped out of a window to escape the blaze in the 2300 block of Dinwiddie Street. They were found with severe burns outside the home, and were taken to Washington Hospital Center.

    A third victim was found trapped in the basement of the home and rescued. She was not hospitalized.

    "My door has two little windows and I saw all the fire and smoke," Samantha Pozo told News4 Northern Virginia Bureau reporter David Culver after she was taken from the home safely.

    "And even if I opened the door I knew I was going to get burned like this," she said. "So I just waited until the firefighters got to me and they got me out."

    The students are all Northern Virginia Community College students, authorities said. They were roommates in the rented home.

    "Everything was fast," Pozo said. "I heard the explosion. Saw the smoke. Put the ferrets in kennel. Called 911. I was waiting for the firefighters to come."

    The fire broke out at about 10:40 a.m. About 50 firefighters -- some from Fairfax County -- responded to the fire, which also damaged two neighboring homes.

    The cause is still under investigation.