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Woman Dies in Washington, D.C. House Fire

Clutter conditions complicated firefighting

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WASHINGTON (FOX5) – A woman is dead after an early morning house fire in Southeast D.C. The fire was reported around 5 a.m. at a home in the 600 block of Darrington Street.

DC Fire and EMS spokesperson Vito Maggiolo said the woman succumbed to her injuries inside of a second floor room where the fire is believed to have started.

Maggiolo said the response to the fire was complicated by clutter conditions inside of the home. Maggiolo said working smoke alarms alerted two others who were inside of the home. Both of the residents who survived are being assisted by the Red Cross.

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Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the blaze.