Man dead after SE apartment fire

A man is dead after an apartment fire in Southeast D.C. early Thursday.

D.C. Fire and EMS says the fire occurred on Oakwood Street near Malcolm X Avenue just after 4 a.m.

The fire was in a first-floor apartment of the three-story building in the 200 block of Oakwood Street.

When firefighters arrived, they found a man dead inside the apartment. The fire was confined to one room.

Investigators are looking into what happened.

“Smoke detectors were present but no indication they were functioning. We urge all residents to have working smoke detectors and test them regularly. Your life may depend upon it,” D.C. Fire and EMS said in a tweet.

Other residents will be allowed back in the building later Thursday morning. No one will be displaced.

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