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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.


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

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


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


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

(D.C. fire department / D.C. Fire)

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


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

(Clarence Williams / The Washington Post)

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


Fire burns through commercial building in Shaw

(D.C. Fire and EMS Department / D.C. Fire and EMS Department)

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


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

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


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.


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

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

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


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.


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

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