In this Sept. 19, 2018, photo, firefighters pour water on a fire at the Arthur Capper Senior Building, an apartment building that houses senior citizens. Engineers made a startling discovery while inspecting the wreck of a fire-damaged public housing complex. They found a 74-year-old tenant, alive and well, five days after the whole building was supposedly evacuated in the midst of the blaze. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Man, 74, found alive after 5 days inside fire-gutted complex

September 24, 2018 - 6:04 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Engineers inspecting the wreckage of a Washington, D.C., public housing complex gutted by fire five days ago have found a 74-year-old tenant inside, alive and well.

The Arthur Capper Senior Public Housing complex caught fire last Wednesday, and the flames eventually caused the building's roof to collapse. Firefighters, assisted by a group of Marines from a nearby barracks, combed the burning building to evacuate all tenants.

The Washington Fire Department is examining how exactly the rescuers missed the 74-year-old man. Engineers assessing the building's structural integrity Monday heard the man shout and pried open his jammed apartment door to find him calmly sitting inside unharmed.

The man appears to be uninjured and remains hospitalized for observation.

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