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Posted at 8:14 PM ET, 07/10/2010

One woman dies in house fire in SE

By Terri Rupar

Updated, 10:46 p.m.

One woman died Saturday night and a second was in serious condition after firefighters pulled them out of a burning house in Anacostia, authorities said.

Fire department spokesman Pete Piringer said the fire was reported about 7:30 p.m. in a two-and-a-half-story rowhouse in the 1600 block of W Street SE.

The cause was not immediately known, but was under investigation Saturday night.

Piringer said the death was the second fire fatality in the District this year. The woman’s identity was withheld until her relatives could be notified, he said.

Neighbors said the fire was intense, and sent flames shooting above the roof of the house. The blaze brought about 100 fire and rescue personnel to the scene, officials said.

It drew many spectators as well. People were “coming from everywhere,” said a relative of one of the residents of the block.

--Martin Weil

By Terri Rupar  | July 10, 2010; 8:14 PM ET
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