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Four found dead in DC afternoon house fire near Embassy Row

The DC Fire and EMS Department responded to a house fire this (Thursday) afternoon a few blocks from Embassy Row near the Vice President’s Mansion in Upper Northwest and found multiple people dead inside. Three adults and one child were found dead on the second floor of the home.

The Washington Post reports investigators are looking into “the possibility of foul play”. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says the fire is suspicious.

WRC-TV/NBC 4 reporter Jackie Benson reports firefighters quickly realized that the injuries did not appear to be consistent with occurring in a fire. Top police officials are on the scene as is the Uniformed Secret Service. The Uniformed Division of the United States Secret Service usually has a heavy presence in the area because it is responsible for diplomatic security.

Peter Hermann and Aaron C. Davis, The Washington Post:

Investigators are looking into the possibility of foul play, two city officials said.

It was unclear how the people died, and the total number of fatalities was not immediately disclosed. The city officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is just beginning.

The incident occurred in a two-story house in the 3200 block of Woodland Drive NW, just north of the U.S. Naval Observatory. The fire was put out about 2:30 p.m.

WRC-TV/NBC 4:

Three people were found dead — and one more person was found in critical condition — in a home in Northwest D.C. Thursday afternoon, sources tell News4.

The home was also the scene of a house fire Thursday.

Homicide investigators are on what they have called a “major crime scene.”

D.C. Fire & EMS were called to the 3200 block of Woodland Drive NW around 1:30 p.m., where they found a large home with smoke and fire coming from the roof

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