SE DC Row house fire leaves grandma dead, 4 people hurt

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- One woman is dead, two adults and two children are injured after a row house fire that happened in SE Washington, Saturday morning.

WUSA9 Nikki Burdine learned more about a woman from the Barry Farm Community, a grandmother who lost her life in the fire. Many people in the neighborhood considered the woman who was killed family, even if they were not related to her, neighbors said.

"She had so many friends. I don't think anyone in Barry Farm didn't like her. Everyone loved her," Regina Boney, the grandmother of one of the victims' said.

Boney said her grandson lived in the house with Ella Brooks and the child's mother. When she heard about the fire Saturday morning, she rushed over, but it was too late. Brooks did not make it.

"I think she knew the whole Barry Farm. Everyone called her grandma," Boney said.

Two adults and two children, a 5-year-old and 4-year-old were taken to the hospital.

Family members say Brooks was fighting cancer, and had just returned home from the hospital.

As the children and two adults fight for their lives in the hospital, they are also all grieving the loss of Miss Ella.

"She was lovely. Everybody loved her, she was a sweet lady," Boney said.

"If you tell her you don't have no where to live or eat, she is the person to go to."

If you would like to make a donation or donate clothes to help family, call Regina Boney at 202-705-5552.


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