One person was found dead on Wednesday morning next to a burning pump at a gas station on Benning Road in Northeast Washington, fire officials said.
Vito Maggiolo, a spokesman for D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services, said the victim is believed to be a woman. Her identity has not been released.
An autopsy will be performed to determine a cause of death, officials said.
Officials said firefighters were called about 5:35 a.m. for a report of a Mobil gas station on fire at 21st and Benning Road NE, and found a single pump burning.
Maggiolo said the fire was quickly extinguished. The victim was found next to the pump, Maggiolo said, and was pronounced dead at the scene.
He said there was no car nor gas can at the burning pump, and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.
“The circumstances are unusual,” Maggiolo said.
Police were investigating the incident, and at 10:30 a.m. had sealed off the station, which is along the trolley line. Detectives were examining a charred pump at the back of the small lot.
“We express our deepest sympathy to the families of those affected in this incident,” according to a statement from ExxonMobil. The company said it does not own gas stations under its name, and referred further questions to the independent owner operator. That person could not be located.