High-rise fire in Alexandria: Ladder crews rescue several residents

Alexandria firefighters rescued several residents while battling a two-alarm fire at a high-rise building in Alexandria early Monday.

Firefighters responded to the building on the 5000 block of Holmes Run Parkway shortly after 2 a.m. and found residents evacuating and smoke on the second floor, according to Alexandria fire officials.

Multiple rescues were conducted using ladders. Several people were evaluated for smoke inhalation, with three transported to an area medical center.

Two firefighters were also evaluated and released by emergency medical crews.

Harriet Welch, who lives in the building, says the hallway was so smoky when she was evacuating, she couldn't even see. 

"It was smoke everywhere, just smoke everywhere," resident Harriet Welch told NBC Washington. "There were no lights. I used my phone's flashlight, and I made it out." 

Residents on floors five and up were allowed back in the building around 4:18 a.m. and fire investigators were working at the scene to determine the cause of the fire.

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