Big Row House Fire on Kenyon between 11th and Sherman


Thanks to all who tweeted and emailed us.

@Jcalhounk tweeted the photo above around 6:45am:

“@PoPville residential fire on Kenyon between Sherman and 11th. At least 5 engines but it looks like it’s almost out.”

From @dcfireems:

“UPDATE: 1000blk of Kenyon St NW. 3 FFs transported w/minor injuries”

“UPDATE: Fire: 1000blk of Kenyon St NW. 2pts transported. critical injuries.”

“UPDATE: 1000blk of Kenyon St NW. 3 families displaced. 9 ppl total.”

Update from MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department is investigating a death that occurred in the 1000 block of Kenyon Street NW. On Monday, April 6, 2015 at approximately 6:26 am, members of the DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the report of a house fire in the 1000 block of Kenyon Street, Northwest. An adult male and an adult female were found during fire suppression operations. Both victims were transported to a local hospital for treatment. The adult female succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead. The adult male was admitted to the hospital.

The decedent has been identified as 81 year-old Tillie Jones of Northwest, Washington DC.

The case is being investigated by members of the Arson and Explosives Task Force, which includes members from MPD, DCFEMS, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.”

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  • At 730am, WAMU was saying that 11th Street was completely shut down. Not sure if that’s still in effect or if they’re letting traffic pass by.

    • Prince Of Petworth

      Last I saw was:

      “2nd Alarm Fire Street closures:
      Kenyon Street between Georgia Ave & Sherman Ave up to 11 Street, NW. westbound.
      Harvard Street between Georgia Ave & Sherman Ave up to 11 Street, NW. Eastbound.”

    • I rode down 11th on my bike at about 8:30 this morning. It was closed to traffic for the few blocks north and south of Kenyon, but they were letting bikes ride through.

  • News is reporting one person dead, one person critical. Prayers to all involved.

  • I smelled smoke when I left the house at 6:30 this morning to walk the dog, and I live all the way up on Upshur. Heard sirens blaring the whole walk.

    • I find the smell claim hard to believe. I live in the same block on Sherman and I did smell some but not much.

      • We could see the fire from our 7th floor condo on 14th. With the amount of smoke coming out of the building, plus it all blowing north, I’d bet it could easily be noticed that far away.

      • The smell some me up this morning on Irving and ga

      • We are at Quincy and Georgia and I smelled smoke this morning too. It was strong enough that it woke me up.

  • Hard to tell if it’s the same house, but one of the houses in that block had a bad fired in 2004/2005. A colleague of mine lived there and lost everything.

    I hope everyone is ok–though it sounds like that may not be the case. Check your smoke detectors.

  • The smoke and sirens woke us up this morning, and the smell is still lingering in our house a block away. I hope everyone’s ok – terrifying to think of waking to a home burning around you!

  • I was actually on Sherman when the fire trucks converged on the scene shortly after 6:30. As I was driving I could see the smoke and I thought at first it was coming from a chimney but it was the house fire. As we were trying to get out of the way of the fire trucks and police vehicles you could look see the flames jumping out of the back of the house–the fire was tremendous. PoP, please be sure to let us know if there is a way we can help those affected by the fire. Having lived through my own house fire in, I know it how difficult it can be especially if someone isn’t properly insured.

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