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Man dies in East Capitol St. house fire

A man is dead after a fire broke out in a home in southeast Washington, according to a D.C. fire official.

Fire department spokesman Pete Piringer says the fire broke out around 5:15 a.m. Wednesday at the home in the 5200 block of East Capitol Street southeast and three of the people inside got out when they were alerted by a smoke alarm.

When firefighters arrived, Piringer says they found heavy fire conditions in the basement and they weren't able to get to a bedridden man in the basement for until they knocked down the bulk of the flames in about 10 minutes. He says the man's death is the first fire fatality in D.C. this year.

Piringer says one firefighter was burned as they put out the fire.

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-- Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 17, 2010; 7:55 AM ET
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety , The District  
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