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Lucy, an 11-year-old rat terrier “badly burned” in yesterday’s two-alarm fire in Logan Circle, is going to be OK, thanks to the speedy work of police officer Douglas Berlin.
The Washington Humane Society–Washington Animal Rescue League is presenting Berlin with a “humane hero award” at Metro PD’s third district station this afternoon. It says Berlin “went to great lengths” to rescue Lucy as she fled from the 1300 block of 12th Street NW, where the dramatic fire erupted around 4 p.m. Tuesday. D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services says the cause of the fire remains under investigation, adding that it has displaced at least 12 residents and sent three firefighters to the hospital: two for heat-related reasons and one for an ankle injury.
The residents were not physically hurt during the fire, which made contact with the building abutting the one where it broke out. That’s where Lucy was.
We continue to attack the fire and working to prevent spread to adjacent building. No injuries at present pic.twitter.com/wd985UpeCm— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) July 26, 2016
“Berlin realized the dog was suffering serious burn wounds and chased the dog in and out of traffic for several blocks to safely secure her,” WHS–WARL explains in a release. “Once Lucy was secured, a paramedic on scene transported Berlin and Lucy to City Paws veterinary clinic for treatment.”
People reportedly saw smoke from the fire from several miles away. Approximately 100 firefighters responded to it, according to FEMS.