WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - A man's body was found on the top floor of a D.C. apartment building where a fire broke out early Saturday morning, D.C. fire officials said in a press conference. The victim has not been identified.
The fire broke around 3 a.m. in the 1300 block block Peabody Street in Northwest.
Five firefighters and one resident were injured and 200 residents were displaced after the fire. The injured firefighters and resident were transported to the hospital with minor injuries. They were treated and released.
Officials say the fire started on the top floor then flames spread through the roof. The cause of the fire is still being investigated.
Keyona Gardner is one of roughly 200 people displaced by the massive fire. She lived with her 5-year-old daughter and her mom. The family has lived in the apartment for nearly 40 years.
Gardner was watching movie and began to smell smoke. Although, she is saddened about all the memories she lost in the fire, she is glad to be alive.
“And that’s the only thing that’s keeping me smiling,” Gardner said. “Because I say to myself, ‘What if I was asleep? What if I was asleep?’”
As for what’s next, Gardner’s not sure. The Emery Heights Community Center will serve as their temporary home, along with about 140 other people displaced by the fire.
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