2 killed in overnight DC rowhouse fire

Two people were killed and several others injured following a rowhouse fire in the Dupont Circle area of Northwest D.C.

It happened at around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday along the 1600 block of Riggs Place.

"I was awakened by the sound of noise and someone screaming," said resident Marshall Brown. "All of a sudden, their roof just exploded almost."

On the ground, firefighters rushed to saw through metal bars on windows fighting to save the people inside.

"They had firemen in that building, on that building and on the next two buildings as well trying to make sure that the fire did not spread," said Michael Upright, ANC commissioner for the area.

Sources tell FOX 5 two bodies pulled from the third floor were a male and a female. One person was found in the bedroom and the other in the hallway.

Neighbors say the owner of the home survived by jumping out a window.

"He's a very good person, very nice, very free spirit, really spunky," another resident told us. "I heard he jumped out the window, so I'm glad he's okay."

Firefighters managed to contain the fire to only one home. At the house next door, a grateful family member told us they had only smoke damage.

Three firefighters were injured, but are recovering.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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