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74-year-old man found alive 5 days after fire at senior living center

Posted at 1:25 PM, Sep 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-25 16:25:48-04

A 74-year-old man was found alive five days after a fire broke out at his senior living apartment center in Washington, D.C., CNN reported Monday.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said the man was taken to the hospital Monday with non-life-threatening injuries. He was found when structural engineers were going from unit to unit at the Arthur Capper Senior Housing Center to determine whether fire marshals could safely enter the complex.

"That's when we found this gentleman, who answered when we were making noise at his door," engineer Allyn Kilsheimer told reporters, according to CNN. "He had a sense of humor. When I said, 'We're coming to get you,' he said, 'I'm not going any place.'"

When the fire broke out last Wednesday, DC Fire and EMS officials said in a news release that they believed all residents of the complex had been accounted for. Over 100 residents were rescued.