1 Dead After Massive Apartment Fire, Explosion in Northeast

Witnesses Heard Big Explosion Before Fatal Fire

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UPDATED: June 4, 2014 10:20 p.m.

LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — One person has died after an apartment building exploded and caught fire in Northeast.

It occurred in a two-story apartment building in the 1600 block of Isherwood Street just before 4 p.m. Wednesday, officials say. As a result, 16th and 17th Street between F and E Street were closed, including alleys.

D.C. police confirmed around 9:30 p.m. that a body was found in the building, but that they are unable to make safe entry into the building to identify the man.

Officials say an unknown explosion caused the second floor to collapse onto the first, and the building is unstable.

WNEW’s Cameron Thompson says witnesses reported a large explosion before the fire, and the alleyway nearby is littered with shattered glass and wood.

The Red Cross says 12 units are displaced in three buildings with at least 32 people accounted for and temporary housing has been found for all displaced.

Fire officials say they will not attempt to enter the home until Thursday morning.

D.C. Fire officials say they were able to contain the fire around 4:30 p.m.

Heavy, black smoke could be seen from miles away in the area.

No injuries have been reported. D.C. police are leading the investigation.

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WNEW’s Cameron Thompson contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.

WNEW Senior Correspondent Mark Segraves contributed to this report. Follow him on Twitter.


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