Man, 74, found alive days after fire rips through DC senior living center

A 74-year-old man was found alive in a severely damaged building, five days after the fire ripped through the complex.


A 74-year-old man was found alive in a damaged senior living center in Washington, D. C. Monday, days after a huge blaze ripped through the factory, and left him trapped in his apartment.

The man, who lived in Arthur Capper Senior Apartments in the Navy Yard neighborhood, was locked in an apartment when officers found him Monday morning. Officials said the man, who was not identified, had a “sense of humor” and was taken on a chair.

“We did not know that he is in the building” DC Mayor Muriel Bowser said in a press conference on Monday, adding officials believe that the man was a resident of the second floor.

The 74-year-old man was found alive in one on the second floor five days after the fire.


Bowser said the man was taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. It is unclear how he survived the five days of trial, though he had water bottles on his counter. Officials said that it seemed like he was in ” incredibly good shape.”

Officials said that the management company had initially confirmed everyone who lived in the building was handled, but acknowledged Monday that they had not seen that the 74-year-old man since Wednesday’s fire.

The complex was heavily damaged after it caught fire Wednesday around 3:30 pm’ ask the firefighters and approximately 100 Marines to rush to the scene to rescue the residents, FOX5DC reported. A video captured some of the Marines sprinting in the direction of the complex as smoke billowed from the roof, which later collapsed.

More than half of the 160 residents displaced by the fire were moved to King Greenleaf Recreation Center, according to FOX5DC. The officials were inspecting the building for stability and what can be the cause of the fire.

Four people were initially taken to the hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter via @bykatherinelam

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