LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC)– A 4-year-old girl has died after sustaining injuries in a D.C. house fire Sunday.
Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Arson Squad and members of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives are investigating the blaze, which occurred in the 2600 block of 33rd Street, Southeast.
A police officer reported seeing smoke and fire coming from a residence at around 3:13 a.m. Sunday.
Once on the scene, family members told first responders that a female child was unaccounted for. The girl was unconscious and not breathing when she was located by firefighters shortly afterwards. She was transported to a local hospital and admitted in critical condition, suffering from burns and smoke inhalation.
Several other residents of the home escaped the fire and were treated for non-fatal injuries. A toddler and an adult female were treated and released, and two adult females were admitted in stable condition.
Metropolitan Police Lt. Christopher Kauffman told WUSA-9 that the building’s landlord, who also lived there, threatened one of the women on the scene.
The 30-year-old man was arrested for felony assault and threatening to kill one of his tenants, the report said.
The investigation into what started the fire is ongoing.
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