D.C. firefighter Theodore Douglas remembers hearing the call crackle over the radio just after 12:30 a.m.: single-family home, heavy fire in the rear.
Within minutes, Douglas and his crew were at the wood-frame house in Northeast Washington. As thick smoke filled the air, some firefighters swung their axes to break windows. Others put up ladders.
Douglas was among those who went inside. They were ready to tackle the blaze. But a fire is unpredictable, even to those who are trained to tame them
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