Child in critical condition after Southeast DC house fire

A boy under the age of 10 is in critical condition at the hospital after being rescued from a house fire in Southeast D.C. early Monday.

The fire remains under investigation, according to D.C. Fire and EMS officials. Smoke detectors were found in the house, but fire officials are unsure as to whether they were working.

Firefighters were called to a home at 117 Upsal St. SE, off Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and the Anacostia Freeway, just after 3 a.m. Monday. They found heavy fire showing from three sides of the building.

Vito Maggiolo, a D.C. Fire spokesman, said two adults and two children made it safely out of the burning house, but a third child was trapped inside and had to be rescued.

That child was hospitalized with injuries considered life-threatening. The other four occupants were also transported to a hospital for further observation.

Maggiolo said the fire is now under control, but the cause is still under investigation.

Below is a map of the area:

Juan Herrera

Juan Herrera is an associate producer for WTOP News. He joined the radio news team in 2021 after previously working for WMAL News as a news assistant. He is a graduate of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland.

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