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Posted at 9:29 PM ET, 12/18/2010

One found dead after house fire in NW

By Clarence Williams

Updated, 10:10 p.m.

A man died Saturday night in a house fire in Northwest Washington, the D.C. fire department said.

The fire broke out about 8:15 p.m. in the kitchen of a house in the unit block of Madison Street NW, said department spokesman Pete Piringer.

A woman on the second floor heard a smoke alarm and went down to the kitchen to find her husband's clothing on fire, Piringer said. She beat out the flames, then went to a neighbor's house to call for help.

The fire was quickly extinguished, but the man was found dead in the kitchen, Piringer said. The woman was taken to a hospital with burns.

The couple were not identified immediately.

By Clarence Williams  | December 18, 2010; 9:29 PM ET
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