1 dies in huge blaze in Northeast D.C.

WASHINGTON – Federal agents have joined the investigation into an apartment building fire that damaged neighboring homes and sent a thick plume of smoke visible from miles away.

Members of the federal Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Explosives and Fire Investigation unit were on the scene at 16th and Isherwood streets in Northeast Thursday morning. They joined investigators from several local agencies.

ATF Senior Special Agent Thomas A. Faison says that the building was still too hot from the fire to enter.

A national response team is being assembled that will include experts and investigators from across the region, Faison says.

Neighbors said they heard an explosion that rocked the neighborhood Wednesday afternoon. The subsequent fire consumed the two-story residence.

Metropolitan Police Department spokesman Officer Hugh Carew said the remains of one body was found inside the burned building. The person has not been identified.

The cause of the apparent explosion and fire have not been determined. At least two other buildings were damaged in the incident, Carew said.

According to Washington Gas, there was no gas service to the property.

With reporting from WTOP’s Kristi King, Andrew Mollenbeck and the Associated Press. Follow @WTOP on Twitter and WTOP on Facebook.