D.C. Teacher Spots Smoke in Virtual Lesson

The DC Prep Anacostia Campus teacher, who was monitoring him, was one of the first to notice the smoke.
(DC Fire and EMS Department photo, Twitter)

Quick work at Southeast house fire

Anna-Lysa Gayle, ABC7/WJLA with permission

WASHINGTON (7News) — Monday wasn’t a regular school day for 7-year-old Christian Powell Jr.

“We were on a break, I went to the bathroom, when I came back, there was a fire,” he said.

A fire started, while he was learning online at his grandmother’s house.

His DC Prep Anacostia Campus teacher, who was monitoring him, was one of the first to notice the smoke.

“She told me to move my computer, so she could see…and then she told me to go to a parent,” he said.

That teacher also called 911.

“If it wasn’t for the quick action, it would have been worse,” said Powell’s grandmother Lysandra Lawrence.

It took D.C. firefighters roughly fifteen minutes to get the fire under control.

Lawrence has expressed her gratitude to the teacher for her actions, which prevented further damage to the home.

“Life could be gone,” she said. “It was caught in time, so it wouldn’t be a complete damage…and I thank God for that.”

Lawrence , and at least eight others, are now temporarily staying at a hotel.

Following the fire, the teacher brought over two laptops, clothes and even some food for Powell’s family.

The teacher wants to remain anonymous.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

“I’m blessed for God for everything he has done and thank DC Prep,” Lawrence said.

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