UPD officer hospitalized after fire

A City Hall kitchen fire led to the hospitalization of a University Police officer and evacuation of the building for an hour Saturday night.

The D.C. Fire Department quickly extinguished the fire on the hall’s seventh floor and transported a female UPD officer to the GW Hospital for minor smoke inhalation at 9 p.m., department spokesman Alan Etter said. Another UPD officer suffering from smoke inhalation was treated with oxygen at the scene, he added.

“We saw a UPD officer being put on a stretcher,” City Hall resident Michael Hill said Saturday night. “When she came out of the building they were giving her oxygen and she was limping.”

The fire was the result of cooking that “got out of hand,” said Etter, who speculated that a resident might have fallen asleep while preparing food.

Although firefighters contained the kitchen fire to room 714, the sixth and seventh floors sustained water damage, Etter said. He added that city officials have yet to assess the damage caused by the fire.

–Caitlin Carroll

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