16th St. NW reopened after fire
8:15 p.m. Update: All lanes are now open, DDOT said.
5:52 p.m. Update: DDOT says there is heavy congestion on 14th Street as drivers seek a way around the closure on 16th Street.
4:55 p.m. Update: 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 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.
-- Paul Duggan
4:30 p.m. Update: DDOT officials said there is no estimate for when 16th Street may reopen. Alternate routes include 11th, 13th, 14th and 18th. Fifteenth is not recommended because it merges with 16th near the closure.
4:25 p.m. Update: According to the District Department of Transportation, 16th Street NW is closed in both directions from Newton Street to Arkansas Avenue.
4 p.m. Update: Fire/EMS officials are now reporting that one deceased victim has been located.
Original post: A fire in the 3600 block of 16th Street NW has resulted in the closure of the road in both directions. According to D.C. Fire/EMS officials, the bulk of the fire is out and no injuries have been reported. However, expect severe traffic problems in the vicinity of Oak Street until authorities clear the scene. Use 14th and 13th streets as alternates.
Washington Post Staff Writers
| November 22, 2010; 5:04 PM ET
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