Updated: Nov. 18, 2016, 10:00 a.m.
Three people were transported to local hospitals after the Falafel Bus food truck went up in flames on H Street Wednesday afternoon.
At least one of the people were critically injured from the fire, D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Doug Buchanan said. He could not say which hospitals the people were taken to, but added that it’s safe to say that at least one of them was taken to GW Hospital.
A food truck on H Street has caught on fire. @dcfireems has just responded to the scene. pic.twitter.com/Vzf8oFWZHX
— The GW Hatchet (@gwhatchet) November 16, 2016
D.C. Fire received the call for the fire at 1:59 p.m. and reached the scene at 2:03 p.m., Buchanan said.
“The fire is mostly contained,” he said at around 2:15 p.m. “It will be up to fire investigator in the next couple hours or days to determine the cause of the fire.”
DC Fire and EMS transporting 3 patients with burn injuries from the scene. https://t.co/5Tzah7dero
— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) November 16, 2016
D.C. Fire determined Thursday afternoon that the fire was caused by improper fueling of the generator on-site.
Our investigators now believe that yesterday's food truck fire was result of 'the improper fueling / refueling of the generator on site.' pic.twitter.com/pk3Um5VpvC
— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) November 17, 2016
Police closed off H Street to vehicular traffic because of the fire, according to a D.C. alert. University spokeswoman Candace Smith said that buildings near the fire weren’t evacuated, but students were encouraged to use exits that were not near the fire.
We hear it will be at least 10 more min before anyone is allowed to enter or exit the library while emerg services take care of situation.
— gelmanlibrary (@gelmanlibrary) November 16, 2016
Avery Anapol contributed reporting.