Family of 5 displaced after fire tears through Columbia Heights house

Officials say the fire began on the porch of a row house on 11th street and Columbia Road before spreading to the attached home. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)
Officials say the fire began on the porch of a row house on 11th Street and Columbia Road before spreading to the attached house. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)

The flames then crossed the alley and ignited the roofline and cornice of a separate home. (Courtesy DC Fire and EMS)
The flames then crossed the alley and ignited the roofline and cornice of a separate house. (Courtesy DC Fire and EMS)

Although the fire alarms went off, officials say yelling from neighbors helped get the family, including three children, out before the structure was engulfed by flames. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)
Although the fire alarms went off, officials say yelling from neighbors helped get the family, including three children, out before the structure was engulfed by flames. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)

Officials say two neighbors have also been displaced. (Courtesy DC Fire and EMS)

A family of five is without a home Monday morning after a raging fire ripped through their row house in Columbia Heights just before 2 a.m., according to DC Fire and EMS. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. (Courtesy DC Fire and EMS)

Jessie Sanchez lives across the street and says she woke to commotion outside. “All I heard was yelling, then I heard the fire trucks come,” she said. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)

Officials say two neighbors have also been displaced. (Courtesy DC Fire and EMS)
Officials say two neighbors have also been displaced. (Courtesy DC Fire and EMS)

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Officials say the fire began on the porch of a row house on 11th street and Columbia Road before spreading to the attached home. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)
The flames then crossed the alley and ignited the roofline and cornice of a separate home. (Courtesy DC Fire and EMS)
Although the fire alarms went off, officials say yelling from neighbors helped get the family, including three children, out before the structure was engulfed by flames. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)
Officials say two neighbors have also been displaced. (Courtesy DC Fire and EMS)

WASHINGTON — A family of five is without a home Monday morning after a raging fire ripped through their row house in Columbia Heights just before 2 a.m., according to DC Fire and EMS.

Jessie Sanchez, who lives across the street, said she woke to commotion outside. “All I heard was yelling, then I heard the fire trucks come,” she said.

That’s when Sanchez realized her neighbor’s house was on fire.

“I looked out the window; there was a whole bunch of smoke in the air. It came in our house too,” Sanchez said.

Officials say the fire began on a porch on 11th Street and Columbia Road before spreading to the attached row house. The flames then crossed the alley and ignited the roofline and cornice of a separate house.

Although the fire alarms went off, officials say yelling from neighbors helped get the family, including three children, out before the structure was engulfed by flames. Officials say two neighbors have also been displaced.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Melissa Howell

Melissa Howell joined WTOP Radio in March 2018 and is excited to cover stories that matter across D.C., as well as in Maryland and Virginia. 

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