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DC fire leads to 1 death, 5 injured

From Vito Maggiolo, CNN
  • Man tries to escape fire, but dies from jump
  • Toddler is among the injured victims

Washington (CNN) -- A fire swept through an eight-story apartment building in Washington, early Wednesday, leaving one person dead and five others injured, authorities said.

The blaze claimed the life of a 38-year-old man who jumped through a fifth-floor window before firefighters arrived at the scene, said Pete Piringer, spokesman for the District of Columbia Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services.

Five others -- including three who were in critical condition -- were seriously injured, all suffering from burns and smoke inhalation, Piringer said. A 2-year-old child was among the victims.

The fire, which was reported shortly before 4 a.m. in a neighborhood off Washington's Mount Pleasant Street, displaced the building's some 130 residents, who were being sheltered at a nearby community center, he said.