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.
DC Police confirm 1 body found in 16th/Isherwood NE row house fire. Can't make safe entry to bldg to ID. Will attempt tomorrow. @WNEW— Cam Thompson (@CamThompsonCBS6) June 5, 2014
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.
Witnesses report large explosion before fire. Alleyway is littered with shattered glass and wood. pic.twitter.com/RqjlfkuZ1j— Cam Thompson (@CamThompsonCBS6) June 4, 2014
Example of how strong explosion was: front door blown off and lays across the street. Center mirror knocked out. pic.twitter.com/B2g4PN688a— Cam Thompson (@CamThompsonCBS6) June 5, 2014
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.
DC fire says they won't enter home until tomorrow. Team will shore up bldg first. MPD is lead investigator. Still 1 person unaccounted for.— Cam Thompson (@CamThompsonCBS6) June 4, 2014
D.C. Fire officials say they were able to contain the fire around 4:30 p.m.
Firefighter are battling a two-alarm blaze on the 1600blk of Isherwood St. NE. Fire is contained. pic.twitter.com/LH0kq4SokY— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) June 4, 2014
Heavy, black smoke could be seen from miles away in the area.
No injuries have been reported. D.C. police are leading the investigation.
View of damage at 16th/Isherwood NE fire. pic.twitter.com/mL7tn9fJhN— Cam Thompson (@CamThompsonCBS6) June 4, 2014
No word on damage to adjacent row homes, but windows knocked out on both sides. pic.twitter.com/M9Bs79cdex— Cam Thompson (@CamThompsonCBS6) June 4, 2014
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WNEW Senior Correspondent Mark Segraves contributed to this report. Follow him on Twitter.