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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- An apartment building was damaged but no one was injured during a fire Wednesday morning in Southeast Washington.

It happened around 7:20 a.m. in the 600 block of 46th St., SE, where arriving units encountered heavy fire and multiple trapped occupants, D.C. Acting Asst. Fire Chief of Operations Kenneth Crosswhite said.

Firefighters made an aggressive interior attack and made several rescues, including some via ladder. Crosswhite said approximately 10-15 people had to be rescued.

The building sustained unit damage on the second floor with smoke damage throughout the building, Crosswhite said. Currently firefighters are working with the building management to find out what they can do to get the building back habitable for the occupants to cause minimal damage cause minimal disruption for the residents.

Officials said there was heavy traffic around that area, and drivers should avoid the 600 block of 46th Street, SE and the 4800 block of Alabama Avenue, SE.

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