Marines sprinted into a raging apartment fire without any protective fire gear, to save dozens of senior citizens from a Washington blaze on Wednesday.
The Marines, who were from a barracks located near to where the fire broke out at the Arthur Capper Senior Public Housing building, rushed to assist local firefighters at the scene, ABC News reported.
"Marines rushed into the building to rescue those who needed assistance and evacuated residents," the Marines said in a statement to Facebook.
Meanwhile, firefighters climbed up ladders into the four-story building to search for residents as flames burst through the building's roof, said D.C. Fire Chief Milton Douglas, according to ABC News.
Video footage captured by a witness and posted to Twitter has since gone viral and drawn praise for the Marines.
"Humbling experience to watch this video. Marines do whatever is asked of them - and more," said one Twitter user, while another said it was "the most American thing" to watch.
The courageous response also drew praise from Washington mayor Muriel Bowser, who commended those involved in the rescue efforts.
"A deep sense of gratitude goes out to #DCsBravest tonight," Bowser tweeted Wednesday. "As a fire took over the homes of our seniors, they fought the flames and withstood the smoke to save lives. Thank you. Our city honors you."
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