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Posted at 09:00 PM ET, 03/02/2011

4-year-old injured in fire in NE D.C.

Update, 10:50 p.m.:

Four young children escaped an apartment fire in Northeast D.C. on Wednesday night, but a 4-year-old boy was in critical condition after suffering smoke inhalation, D.C. fire officials said.

Firefighters found the 4-year-old unconscious in a first-floor apartment in the 1700 block of Benning Road about 8:30 p.m., D.C. fire department spokesman Pete Piringer said.

Authorities said the boy's twin brother, a 1-year-old girl, a 3-year-old boy and a 5-year-old boy all escaped the first-floor apartment unharmed. They were to stay with relatives overnight.

A 24-year-old woman suffered burns and possible smoke inhalation, and may have been a relative of the 4-year-old. The woman appeared to have been injured trying to enter the apartment during the fire, Piringer said.

Update, 9:20 p.m.:

The 4-year-old boy who was injured in a fire Wednesday night in Northeast Washington is in critical condition at a local hospital, according to Pete Piringer, a spokesman for the D.C. fire and EMS department. The child suffered from smoke inhalation.

And a woman suffered serious burns to her hands, as well as smoke inhalation, Piringer said.


D.C. firefighters rescued a 4-year-old child from an apartment fire Wednesday night in Northeast Washington.

Firefighters were called to a three-story building in the 1700 block of Benning Road about 8:30 p.m., said Pete Piringer, a spokesman. The toddler was pulled from the building, where fire was showing from the first floor.

The child was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, Piringer said. A second victim, an adult, suffered serious burns to the hands and was taken to a hospital.

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