Man dies after 2-alarm fire engulfs vacant DC apartment building

A man has died after a two-alarm fire at an apartment building in Northeast D.C. early Wednesday morning.

D.C. Fire and EMS Chief John A. Donnelly said a call for a structure fire on the 800 Block of 20th Street NE came in just before 4:30 a.m. Crews arrived to find the back porch of a vacant two-story apartment engulfed in flames.

According to Donnelly, the fire spread into the first and second floors of the building but was quickly knocked down.

A man was taken to the hospital with critical life-threatening injuries, fire officials said. Just before 10 a.m., the Metropolitan Police Department confirmed that the man died from his injuries.

Donnelly also said there are minor damages to the adjacent building, which is also vacant, and an occupied apartment building.

The fire chief says it’s not clear what the person was doing inside the vacant building, however, neighbors tell 7News that they have contacted the city many times about concerns about vacant buildings and people breaking into them.

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