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1 in hospital after Arlington apartment fire

Sunday - 1/5/2014, 2:44pm  ET

The fire started in an apartment in the Harvey Hall complex at about 9:20 a.m. (WTOP/Kathy Stewart)

Residents leap from windows

WTOP's Kathy Stewart reports


WASHINGTON - One person is in the hospital with life-threatening injuries after a fire broke out in an apartment building in Arlington on Sunday morning that saw some residents jumping from windows to escape the smoke and flames.

It happened at about 9:20 a.m. in the Harvey Hall apartment complex, on South Greenbrier Street.

Capt. Bill Shelton, with the Arlington County Fire Marshal's Office, says the fire started in apartment 213. The resident who lives there had left at 7 a.m. for church, so he was out of the building. Shelton says two others who live in that apartment, family members, are accounted for.

Shelton says one person was taken to Med Star with life-threatening injuries. He says the person suffered respiratory arrest.

The Red Cross says that they're helping about 40 people who have been left homeless after the fire.

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