3 firefighters injured in vacant DC building fire, 2 bodies found

The victims are believed to be squatters and have not been identified

By Bruce Johnson

WASHINGTON — The two people who died in a fire Tuesday morning have not yet been identified due to the extent of the burns.

The victims, who are believed to be squatters, were killed when an intense fire tore through a two story-four unit apartment building at 17th and R streets, Southeast.

Fire officials say the bodies were so charred that investigators have not yet been able to identify the victim's or their sexes.

Three D.C. firefighters received minor injuries fighting the two-alarm fire.

Neighbors say the building was supposed to be vacant. Boards had been covering the doors and windows to keep squatters out.

Deputy DC Fire Chief Ed Pearson theorized the victims may have taken up residence to escape the freezing temperatures.

Neighbors say people had been in the vacant building and causing disturbances for quite some time.

Republished with permission from WUSA9

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