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Posted at 3:55 PM ET, 02/11/2011

Woman dies in D.C. fire

By Debbi Wilgoren and Paul Duggan

A woman was killed Friday morning in a fire that appeared to originate in the bedroom of her Southwest Washington apartment, a D.C. fire department spokesman said.

Firefighters were called to the three-story, garden-style apartment building in the 1400 block of 1st Street SW around 6:15 a.m., said Pete Piringer, the department spokesman.

They broke through the locked door of the first-floor apartment and found the woman in her bed. She is believed to have been alone in the apartment when the fire broke out, Piringer said. Her name is being withheld until her family has been notified of her death.

Crews were able to quickly extinguish the blaze, Piringer said. Most of the damage was limited to the apartment, though some other units were evacuated.

The fire appears to have been accidental, according to Piringer.

By Debbi Wilgoren and Paul Duggan  | February 11, 2011; 3:55 PM ET
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety, Paul Duggan, The District, Updates  
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