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Posted at 4:45 PM ET, 11/22/2010

Deadly fire in Northwest D.C. rowhouse

By Paul Duggan
Washington Post Editors

An unidentified person was found dead in a Northwest Washington rowhouse Monday as firefighters worked to extinguish a blaze on the upper floor.

A passerby called for help about 3:30 p.m. after seeing smoke coming from windows on the top floor of the three-story dwelling in the 3600 block of 16th Street NW, D.C. fire department spokesman Pete Piringer said.

The dead person, apparently an adult, was found in a third-floor room, Piringer said. He said the victim's identity had not been confirmed as of late afternoon.

Piringer said 16th Street in the area of the fire probably will remain closed through the evening rush hour as a cleanup continues and authorities investigate the cause of the blaze.

If an autopsy determines that person died as a result of the fire, it will have been the ninth fire-related death in the District this year, Piringer said.

By Paul Duggan  | November 22, 2010; 4:45 PM ET
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety, Paul Duggan, The District  
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