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Fire chief Kenneth Ellerbe has held onto his job through more than a year of controversy over a man’s death outside a D.C. fire station, slow response times, an injured D.C. police officer and a man who died of a heart attack on a day that one-third of the firefighters on duty called in sick. The mayor’s spokesman has made it clear that Ellerbe’s job is safe for now.

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Driver killed, passenger injured when SUV strikes tree along Suitland Parkway

The vehicle went off the road and crashed along Suitland Parkway.

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Fire that killed 96-year-old D.C. woman started by accident in kitchen, fire department rules

The fire damaged a two-story rowhouse on North Capitol Street in Northwest

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Woman, 96, dies after rowhouse fire in Northwest D.C.

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Two other people, who lived in the basement of the house, escaped without injury.

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While heading toward a delivery room, mother delivers daughter in front seat of a car

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D.C. fire department crews on a 911 call arrive to find a baby girl in a sedan.

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Fire burns through commercial building in Shaw

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Top floor above an African restaurant caused authorities to shut down busy 7th Street NW

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D.C. firefighter breaks leg falling from ladder at training academy

Department says investigation underway into why truck’s ladder shifted.

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Man’s life is saved as he has heart attack at a polling spot in Washington

(Office of Unified Communications / Courtesy of Office of Unified Communications (OUC))

The man was helped by a 911 call-taker and a bystander who did CPR, fire officials said.

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Three hurt, including a firefighter, in blaze in Southeast Washington

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The fire broke out in an apartment complex along Alabama Avenue SE.

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D.C. police identify man who died in fire at apartment building

(Courtesy of D.C. Fire department / Courtesy of D.C. Fire department)

Fire officials say they are still trying to determine a cause for Wednesday’s blaze.

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Man dies after jumping from downtown D.C. building, police say

The incident occurred near Metro Center at 13th and F streets.