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Posted at 7:21 PM ET, 02/11/2011

Woman dies in SW DC fire

By Debbi Wilgoren

Update, 7:21 p.m.

D.C. fire officials identified a woman killed by a fire inside her Southwest Washington apartment Friday morning.

Authorities identified her as Barbara A. Nelson, 53, said Pete Piringer, a spokesman. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but officials said it appears to be an accident. The fire also caused an estimated $10,000 worth of damage.

--Clarence Williams

Earlier: 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.

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 cause of the fire is under investigation.

By Debbi Wilgoren  | February 11, 2011; 7:21 PM ET
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She was a very special person and she will be missed greatly.

Posted by: KellieDukes34 | February 11, 2011 9:37 AM | Report abuse

She was a very special person and she will be missed greatly.

Posted by: KellieDukes34 | February 11, 2011 9:38 AM | Report abuse

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