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This afternoon I visited 1034 Quebec Place, where a massive fire claimed a life this morning. Firemen had a four-block area on lockdown. Pepco technicians were on every corner, assessing potential damage to the grid. Baleful neighbors watched the excavation and gave the professionals a wide berth. One woman told me that her daughter had called 911 before leaving for elementary school.

More photos below the jump.

[D.C. Fire Spokesman Alan Etter didn’t have much in the way of updates by C.O.B., except to say that families in the adjoining houses had been displaced and that neither he nor the MPD could identify the victim conclusively.*]

The cage from which firefighters rescued a dog

The burnt-out husk of 1034 Quebec

*According to WUSA9, Etter identified the victim as female. Etter assures me he made no such statement.