Raw video: Two dead in DC house fire. Two firefighters hurt.

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Two people have died in a fire at 1704 R Street SE on Tuesday morning. There is also a report one firefighter broke a leg and another suffered an injury to the shoulder.

Image by Brian Hopkins of WJLA-TV/ABC7

Firefighters found heavy fire showing from the middle of the row four-unit apartment building. At one point, firefighters were ordered out of the building to attack the fire from outside the building.


Firefighters arrived to find the building at 1704 R St. SE fully engulfed in flames, and were forced to retreat when the fire became too intense and spread to the two adjacent buildings.

It took 75 firefighters to extinguish the blaze, which was put out shortly after 11 a.m.

When firefighters re-entered the building they found the bodies of two people inside. Their identities have not yet been released.

IAFF Local 36 photo.