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Local digest: Unidentified body found in educational complex

DISTRICT
Unidentified body found in NW

D.C. police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found Monday morning outside the Columbia Heights educational campus, a complex in Northwest Washington that includes a middle school and a high school.

The school was closed for winter break on the day the body was found about 9 a.m.

Police have not yet released a name or approximate age for the man, but said he appeared to have been homeless. The body was found in the 3100 block of 16th Street NW.

There was no apparent cause of death or visible trauma, police said. Officials are awaiting a ruling on a cause of death from the D.C. medical examiner’s office.

— Peter Hermann

Woman critically injured in NW fire

A woman was critically injured in a fire that broke out early Wednesday in her apartment in Northwest Washington’s Cleveland Park neighborhood, the D.C. fire department said.

The victim was taken to George Washington University Hospital in critical condition, said spokesman Tim Wilson. An update on her condition was not available Wednesday afternoon.

The fire was reported about 2:30 a.m. on the third floor of a five-story apartment building in the 3600 block of Connecticut Avenue NW, near the Cleveland Park Metro station.

Wilson said the fire was quickly extinguished. A cause has not been determined.

Walker finds body near Anacostia River

A person walking in Anacostia Park on Wednesday found a dead body lying in the grass between the 11th Street Bridge and Pennsylvania Avenue SE, U.S. Park Police said.

The man’s body was found about 3 p.m., said U.S. Park Police Sgt. Lelani Woods, a department spokeswoman. She said the unidentified body was of a clothed adult male. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

Woods said D.C. police homicide detectives were also involved in the investigation, in case the medical examiner rules that the death occurred as a result of a criminal act. D.C. police investigate all homicides and suspicious deaths in the District, even those on federal property.

The body was located just off Anacostia Drive, which runs along the Anacostia River.

— Peter Hermann

MARYLAND
Man burned in fire in Silver Spring home

A man was burned in a Christmas morning fire that heavily damaged a split-level home in Silver Spring, the Montgomery County fire department said.

Five additional people were displaced by the fire, which caused an estimated $750,000 in damage.

Asst. Chief Scott Graham, a department spokesman, said on Twitter that the injured man was driven to a hospital before firefighters arrived. He did not say how seriously the man was hurt.

The other occupants escaped safely, and Graham said two firefighters suffered minor burns while fighting the blaze and were taken to a hospital.

Firefighters tried for more than an hour to extinguish the flames and at one point were ordered to evacuate because of concern that the structure might collapse, according to fire commanders talking on their radios.

Officials said the fire appears to have been concentrated on the first floor of the two-story house.

The fire was reported about 8:15 a.m. in the first block of Narrows Court, near the Sandy Spring area. The short, dead-end road is tucked away in a wooded subdivision adjacent to Norwood Park.

A cause of the fire has not yet been determined. Neighbors could not be reached for comment Wednesday morning.

— Peter Hermann

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