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A house fire in Northeast D.C. that sent five firefighters to the hospital last week, now has members of the firefighters union wondering if the incident could have been avoided if additional working emergency response trucks had been available.

Ed Smith, president of the D.C. firefighters union says a nearby ladder truck should have been available to respond to the scene of last week's house fire in Northeast D.C. Instead, a truck parked a few miles away responded.

"There was three ladder trucks out of service mechanical and there was no reserve trucks available," says Pete Piringer, spokesperson for the D.C. Fire and EMS Department.

"There was one ladder truck that was out of service in that area, however, we had a unit that was assigned there so in fact all of the truck companies were in place," says Piringer.

He says at the time of the house fire, crews were also responding to other emergencies, including a hazardous materials incident and a building fire in Southeast D.C.

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