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7-year-old girl dies in house fire in NW DC

WJLA – Washington D.C. logo WJLA – Washington D.C. 9/15/2021 Justin Hinton
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A 7-year-old girl died in a house fire that broke out Tuesday afternoon in the 700 block Quebec Pl. NW. in Washington, D.C.

DC fire officials said the fire began around 3 p.m. on the second floor of a three-story row home. 

The girl was found inside the home and transported to the hospital, but she succumbed to her injuries. 

Other children were inside the home at the time, but they were able to get out safely.

Juliet Harris witnessed the fire and says at first she didn't realize the severity of the situation.

"I just heard screaming outside. At first I thought it was kids playing," she said. "I came out and saw all the flames bursting out of the house. There were kids across the street, kids over here, families all running around in a bit of chaos."

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"Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and the community," DC Fire and EMS tweeted.

Will Letchinger also witnessed the fire and says his attention will now turn to what he can do to help.

"We’re really just trying to figure out what we can do for them in the very short term, looking to tomorrow and the day after and then what we can do for them in the long term as well," he said.

No other injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.


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